“We are living up to our promise to hold this project accountable to the strong protections in the permits,” added McDonnell.
Sunoco committed egregious and willful violations
According to the DEP, Sunoco committed multiple violations including unauthorized uses of horizontal drilling and discharging industrial waste into waterways among others.
Sunoco must satisfy all the terms in the DEP order including but not limited to the following:
- Address all impacts to private water wells in Silver Spring Township, Cumberland County
- Identify all in-progress or upcoming construction activities and detail the specific Chapter 102 and Chapter 105 permit under which the activity is authorized
- Submit a detailed Operations Plan outlining additional measures and controls to minimize inadvertent returns
In the order, DEP said, Sunoco’s “unlawful conduct … demonstrates a lack of ability or intention” on its part to comply with relevant regulations and permits. Therefore, the suspension of permits is necessary so that the company will correct its “egregious and willful violations.”
Sunoco to submit reports related to the Mariner East 2 pipeline
On Wednesday, Sunoco confirmed that it received the DEP order to halt its construction activities involving the Mariner East 2 pipeline.