Two U.S. pipelines rack up violations, threaten industry growth


MEDIA, PENNSYLVANIA (Reuters) – Energy Transfer LP (ET.N) and its Sunoco pipeline subsidiary have racked up more than 800 state and federal permit violations while racing to build two of the nation’s largest natural gas pipelines, according to a Reuters analysis of government data and regulatory records.

Construction takes place after sinkholes appeared in the backyards of houses in a cul-de-sac outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Stephanie Kelly

The pipelines, known as Energy Transfer Rover and Sunoco Mariner East 2, will carry natural gas and gas liquids from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, an area that now accounts for more than a third of U.S. gas production.

Reuters analyzed four comparable pipeline projects and found they averaged 19 violations each during construction.

The Rover and Mariner violations included spills of drilling fluid, a clay-and-water mixture that lubricates equipment for drilling under rivers and highways; sinkholes…

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