Gas Pipeline Builder Fined $1.5M for Failing to Maintain or Install Erosion Controls

Rice Midstream Holdings is agreeing to a $1.5 million fine for failing to prevent sedimentation and erosion into streams during construction in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The company failed for months to maintain or even install some erosion controls in 2017 while constructing the 7.5-mile Beta Trunk Pipeline, which was designed to move natural gas from wells to bigger transmission pipelines.

According to Department of Environmental Protection, in one case, it created a "soil stockpile" in a wetland.

The six-page agreement was released this week between the state Department of Environmental Protection and Rice Midstream Holdings.

The current owner of the pipeline is Equitrans Midstream Corp., but the Department of Environmental Protection says the violations began before the sale.