Energy Transfer Fined $1 Million for 2018 Pipeline Explosion in Pennsylvania

Reuters, July 19, 2021

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) has approved a $1 million settlement with a unit of Energy Transfer LP for a pipeline explosion and fire at its Revolution natural gas pipeline in Western Pennsylvania in 2018.

A portion of the 24-inch (61-centimeter) Revolution pipeline failed after heavy rains caused a landslide in Center Township in Beaver County on Sept. 10, 2018. The fire destroyed a nearby home, damaged electric transmission lines and burned several acres of surrounding woodland, the PUC said in a release on Thursday.

The 40.5-mile (65-kilometer) pipeline was just being brought into service at the time of the incident, according to local media.

Energy Transfer said the Revolution pipeline returned to service on March 1. The company did not comment on the settlement.

In addition to the fine, the settlement requires Energy Transfer to conduct additional inspections and add pipeline start-up procedures, including 24-hour monitoring and having employees onsite at each valve station during start-up.

The PUC said interested parties can file comments on the proposed settlement within 20 days.

Pipelines owned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer have had multiple problems in recent years in Pennsylvania. The state has stopped work several times and fined the company millions of dollars for spills and other problems related to construction on an expansion of its Mariner East pipeline, which moves natural gas liquids from Western Pennsylvania to Eastern Pennsylvania.

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Marguerita Choy and David Gregorio)

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