DEP Issues Violation To Sunoco For Another Spill Of Drilling Fluid

Aug 31, 2017

A sign marks a water crossing on land in Huntingdon County where Sunoco wants to build the Mariner East 2 pipeline. DEP issued a Notice of Violation for a drilling mud spill that occurred last week in Dauphin County.
Credit Susan Phillips / StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania officials issued a Notice of Violation to Sunoco Pipeline on Wednesday following another spill of drilling fluid, this time into the Susquehanna River at a Mariner East 2 pipeline site in Dauphin County.

The Department of Environmental Protection said the spill was about 50 gallons of bentonite, non-toxic drilling fluid, and was inspected by DEP officials on Aug. 24. It occured in the same place as a much larger spill, of 495 gallons, about a week earlier. The material that spilled in the earlier incident was never recovered, the DEP said.

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