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Pennsylvania fines Energy Transfer $2 mln for 2018 natgas pipe blast

Nov 19 (Reuters) – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) authorized an almost $2 million settlement with a unit of Energy Transfer LP (ET.N) for a pipeline explosion and fireplace at its Revolution pure fuel pipe in Western Pennsylvania in 2018.

A portion of the 24-inch (61-centimeter) Revolution pipe failed after heavy rains brought about a landslide in Center Township in Beaver County on Sept. 10, 2018. The fireplace destroyed a close-by residence, broken energy traces and burned a number of acres of surrounding woodland, the PUC mentioned in a launch on Thursday.

The settlement features a $1 million civil penalty and about $975,000 in further safety-related measures, together with added pipeline start-up procedures.

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The 40.5-mile (65-kilometer) pipeline was being introduced into service on the time of the incident, in line with native media.

Energy Transfer has mentioned the Revolution pipe returned to service in March.

Pipelines owned by Dallas-based Energy Transfer have had a number of issues in recent times in Pennsylvania.

The state stopped work a number of occasions and fined the corporate thousands and thousands of {dollars} for spills and different issues associated to building of an growth of its Mariner East system, which strikes pure fuel liquids from Western Pennsylvania to Eastern Pennsylvania.

In addition to the Revolution settlement, the PUC on Thursday ordered Energy Transfer to take actions to enhance the protection of its Mariner East system and supply the general public with extra details about ongoing Mariner East building.

Energy Transfer mentioned in an announcement on Thursday that it anticipated to place the ultimate section of Mariner East into service within the first quarter of 2022.

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Reporting by Scott DiSavino
Editing by Nick Zieminski

REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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