Transco fined for creating danger of pollution to waters in the commonwealth

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HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) collected over $736,000 from Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) for construction that could have harmed the commonwealth’s water supply.

The construction of the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline extended through Columbia, Lancaster, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northumberland, Schuylkill, Susquehanna and Wyoming Counties.

After the county conservation districts reviewed the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline’s construction, Transco received violations including failure to maintain erosion and sedimentation, unintended transfer of drilling fluids and sediment discharge into waters.

“Impacts from construction activities that harm or have the potential to harm waters of the Commonwealth are unacceptable, and we will continue hold operators accountable,” DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said in a statement.

To see a list of all the civil penalties, Click Here.

Williams released the following statement regarding this development:

“Williams has safely and reliably operated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 70 years. The Atlantic Sunrise project, a large-scale expansion of the Transco system that was completed nearly two years ago, was designed to supply enough natural gas to meet the daily needs of more than 7 million American homes by connecting producing regions in northeastern Pennsylvania to markets in the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern states.

During the extensive construction phase of the project, isolated severe weather events led to erosion-related issues that were quickly addressed once identified. Williams promptly notified state and local regulatory authorities who were kept informed until the issues were resolved.

As a long-time builder and operator of critical energy infrastructure in Pennsylvania and across the United States, Williams is committed to maintaining an open and transparent dialogue with federal, state and local regulatory agencies as well as communities, landowners and other stakeholders to minimize environmental impacts and support conservation efforts.”

Tom Droege, Williams

PR & Media Specialist, External Communications

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