HARRISBURG, PA — Sunoco has been convicted of environmental crimes in Pennsylvania after construction of its Mariner East 2 Pipeline repeatedly ravaged sensitive ecosystems around southeastern Pennsylvania and damaged drinking water. On several occassions, Sunoco failed to report spills or take required precautions to prevent incidents from occurring, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office said.
Mariner East 2 aims to transport Marcellus shale natural gas from western Pennsylvania and Ohio to Marcus Hook, on the Delaware River. The pipelines pass through 17 counties across southern Pennsylvania, including in the densely populated Philadelphia suburbs, where safety issues and water pollution impacted thousands.
“We have a constitutional right in Pennsylvania to clean air and pure water,” Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement. “It’s a right that was enshrined in our state constitution at a time when the people of Pennsylvania learned a tough lesson first-hand — the health of our children, and our economic future, depended on protecting our environment from reckless profit and unchecked corporate interests.”
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