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Ohio EPA Fines Energy Transfer Partners over 18 Pipeline Spills

HeadlineMay 10, 2017

In Ohio, the Environmental Protection Agency has fined Energy Transfer Partners—the company behind the Dakota Access pipeline—$400,000 for spilling millions of gallons of drilling chemicals and fluids onto the land amid construction of another pipeline, the $4.2 billion gas Rover Pipeline, which is slated to stretch from Appalachia to Ontario, Canada. There have been at least 18 spills, including one of up to 5 million gallons of fluids that has contaminated a previously pristine wetland. Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler said this spill will “kill just about everything in that wetland.” Officials are currently trying to clean up the chemicals with a vacuum and by hand.

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