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Pennsylvania Permits Halted For Texas-Based Pipeline Company

Marie Cusick
StateImpact Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is halting construction permits for natural gas pipelines operated by Texas-based Energy Transfer LP, saying the company isn't fixing problems related to an explosion last year.

The state Department of Environmental Protection said Friday that Energy Transfer hasn't stabilized the earth and erosion around its Revolution pipeline in western Pennsylvania.

The methane gas explosion destroyed one home in Beaver County last September.

Energy Transfer's pipelines in Pennsylvania include the Mariner East 1, 2 and 2X across southern Pennsylvania. The projects have drawn millions in fines and several temporary shutdown orders from state agencies.

Residents worried over sinkholes along the pipelines are suing Energy Transfer and a county prosecutor is demanding documents from the company.

Energy Transfer says it is committed to bringing the Revolution pipeline into full compliance.