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AG Shapiro Criminally Charges Mariner East Builder Over Waterway Pollution, Property Damage

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 Energy Transfer is convicted of dozens of criminal charges related to construction of its natural gas liquids line across Pennsylvania. The unusual case took aim at the company after it polluted waterways and damaged property across the 350-mile length of the project. WHYY StateImpact Pennsylvania’s Susan Phillips reports the plea includes additional funds for water restoration.

(Original air-date: 8/9/22)

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.