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Mariner East Builder Faces 48 Criminal Charges for Pollution, Creating Sinkholes

Kimberly Paynter
Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces charges against Energy Transfer for polluting Marsh Creek Lake with bentonite clay and using unapproved drilling chemicals that seeped into nearby drinking water that sickened residents, on Oct. 5, 2021 at Marsh Creek State Park.

Mariner East Pipeline builder Energy Transfer faces 48 criminal charges after it caused dangerous sinkholes, polluted Pennsylvania waterways, and destroyed residential drinking water. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro released a grand jury report and announced the charges in Chester County Tuesday.

WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports the charges won’t send anyone to jail, but could result in more fines.

(Original air-date: 10/7/21)