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Mariner East Pipeline Builder to Pay Over $4 Million in Settlement Over Marsh Creek Lake Spill

Kimberly Paynter
A sign warns visitors to Marsh Creek Lake at the entrance of Marsh Creek Lake State Park in Chester County, Pa., where thousands of gallons of drilling mud spilled due to construction of the Mariner East pipeline.

Mariner East pipeline builder Sunoco will pay more than $4 million as part of a settlement agreement over polluting a popular state park in Chester County. Construction of the natural gas liquids line caused a large drilling mud spill at Marsh Creek State Park.

WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports the company will also get to re-start construction.

(Original air-date: 12/12/21)

Susan Phillips tells stories about the consequences of political decisions on people's every day lives. She has worked as a reporter for WHYY since 2004. Susan's coverage of the 2008 Presidential election resulted in a story on the front page of the New York Times. In 2010 she traveled to Haiti to cover the earthquake. That same year she produced an award-winning series on Pennsylvania's natural gas rush called "The Shale Game." Along with her reporting partner Scott Detrow, she won the 2013 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award for her work covering natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. She has also won several Edward R. Murrow awards for her work with StateImpact. She recently returned from a year at MIT as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism, she earned her Bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Washington University.