$40M penalty proposed for gas pipeline builder after spill
By JOHN SEEWER
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Federal regulators are proposing a $40 million fine against the builder of a multistate natural gas pipeline. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says the pipeline company used diesel fuel and other toxic substances while drilling under a river in Ohio four years ago. The proposed fine stems from an accidental spill of 2 million gallons in 2017. It’s the second hefty penalty sought against Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiary Rover Pipeline within the past year. The company says it didn’t have any knowledge or involvement in using the diesel fuel. It says a subcontractor’s rogue employee is to blame.
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