Energy Transfer had its construction permits in Pennsylvania halted due to a list of problems not being solved after an explosion last year. The governor said on Friday that the company failed to respect the state’s laws and the communities affected.
The Department of Environmental Protection imposed $13 million in fines as well as several temporary shutdown orders on Energy Transfer projects. They also demanded documents from the company.
"There has been a failure by Energy Transfer and its subsidiaries to respect our laws and our communities," Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement Friday. "This is not how we strive to do business in Pennsylvania, and it will not be tolerated."
One home in Beaver County was destroyed due to the methane gas explosion last September along the Beaver-to-Butler County pipeline. Energy Transfer blamed the blast on "earth movements in the vicinity of the pipeline."
As per the DEP, the company was ordered in October to stabilize the soil and erosion around its Revolution pipeline in western Pennsylvania, which hasn’t been done yet.
The permits for the 16-inch Mariner East 2X which has yet to start operating are now on hold, as per DEP spokesman, Neil Shader.