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TC Energy unit to pay $156,000 as penalty for gas pipe construction violations

Columbia Gas Transmission LLC agreed to pay a civil penalty of $156,000 for environmental violations during the construction of its Leach Xpress gas pipeline in Richhill Township in Greene County, Pa.

The TC Energy Corp. subsidiary will pay for the penalty, along with $1,126 in cost recovery, to the Greene County Conservation District as part of a consent order and agreement the company entered into with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection according to an Oct. 7 news release. The department said it has also issued two compliance orders to the company.

Columbia Gas Transmission's violations include failure to comply with permit conditions, carry out the erosion and sedimentation plan of its permits and stabilize "areas of earth disturbance," among others. The violations led to erosion and sedimentation discharges in protected fisheries and a wetland.

Of the $156,000 penalty, $106,000 will be allocated to Pennsylvania's Clean Water Fund, while the remaining $50,000 will be for the Dam Safety and Encroachments Fund.