HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A county prosecutor in Pennsylvania is opening a criminal investigation into construction on three natural gas liquids pipelines that have drawn blame for causing sinkholes and polluting drinking water and waterways.READ MORE: Crash Closes Parts Of Route 22 And Route 119 In Westmoreland County
Tom Hogan, Chester County’s district attorney, said Wednesday he’s investigating because the governor and state utility regulators haven’t ensured the construction was being done safely.
The investigation involves Sunoco Pipeline’s Mariner East projects stretching across southern Pennsylvania.READ MORE: 89-Year-Old Woman Fatally Shot While Planning Son's Funeral Inside Ohio Home
The parent company, Energy Transfer LP of Dallas, Texas, didn’t immediately respond to messages, but Hogan says the company contacted him Wednesday to see if they can discuss it.
He’s investigating potential crimes including causing or risking a catastrophe, environmental violations and corrupt organizations.
The pipelines have weathered millions of dollars in fines and two temporary shutdown orders from state agencies.MORE NEWS: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: Gov. Tom Wolf Set To Announce Plan Prioritizing Teachers For Vaccines
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