Pipeline firm led Pa. in list of fines paid

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LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — The Tulsa, Okla.-based pipeline giant that wants to build a $2.1 billion natural gas pipeline project through central Pennsylvania paid the most money last year in fines imposed by the state’s environmental regulators.


Williams Partners is considering building the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline to transfer more natural gas from Marcellus Shale-producing areas in northern Pennsylvania to heavily populated East Coast markets.


The company says it is taking an early procedural step with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.


Lancaster Newspapers reported Sunday that state records show three Williams subsidiaries paid $388,694 for violations recorded between March 2011 and September 2012.


However, it reports that one of those subsidiaries, Laser Northeast Gathering, wasn’t owned by Williams until 2012 and that Williams has a better federal safety record than most other pipeline operators.


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Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era , http://lancasteronline.com


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