Sunoco Spills Drilling Fluid Into Lebanon County Creek For Third Time

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An aerial view of Sunoco Pipeline's Mariner East 2 construction in rural Pennsylvania. Plans for a new construction technique in some locations have prompted a new round of community resistance.

JEREMY LONG / LEBANON DAILY NEWS An aerial view of Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East 2 construction in rural Pennsylvania.

Sunoco spilled more drilling fluid into a Lebanon County creek on Thursday as it resumed construction for its controversial Mariner East pipelines at that location.

The Department of Environmental Protection on Friday issued its latest Notice of Violation to Sunoco for the spill – officially called an “inadvertent return” or “IR” – after the company drilled under Snitz Creek in West Cornwall Township where it previously had two spills, in August and September 2017.

The DEP said the drilling fluids released into the creek were a form of industrial waste and therefore violated the Clean Streams Law and the Dam Safety and Encroachments Act. The notice said the DEP had not authorized any inadvertent release at that location.

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