Pipeline developer charged with environmental crimes | Local News
West Virginia-based company ETC Northeast Pipeline is charged with nine counts of environmental crimes following the 2018 explosion of a pipeline that connects to a gas processing plant in Washington County .
The explosion occurred in Beaver County, and although no one was injured or killed in the incident, a house was destroyed, along with several vehicles, two garages and a barn. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro alleged on Wednesday that the explosion occurred “due to Energy Transfer’s negligence in the construction of the Revolution Pipeline.”
The 42-mile pipeline begins in Butler County and winds through Beaver and Allegheny counties before ending in Washington County. The September 10, 2018 explosion in Center Township of Beaver County is believed to have been caused by a landslide that caused a section of the pipeline to detach because it had not been sunk far enough into the bedrock at the site. Gas escaped from the pipeline and caused the explosion. A statewide grand jury inquest found the company ignored protocols and environmental measures that could have prevented the landslide.
In addition to property damage to nearby residents, six high voltage transmission towers collapsed and two acres of trees burned.
ETC Northeast Pipeline is a Texas-based subsidiary of Energy Transfer. Alexis Daniel, a company spokesperson, said: ‘We are not surprised as these are not new or additional claims. We have been aware of this for some time and have been involved in discussions about this with the Attorney General’s office. »
Daniel added: “We will continue to work with them and look forward to resolving these issues.”