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Energy Transfer LP subsidiary Sunoco Pipeline LP will pay a $1.95 million penalty for its environmental violations during the construction of the Mariner East 2 NGL pipeline in Huntingdon County, Pa.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said the Energy Transfer subsidiary failed to report several spills of drilling fluids into Raystown Lake from drilling activities for the pipeline, according to a Jan. 16 news release. The state agency said over 208,000 gallons of drilling fluids were found covering the bottom of the lake.

Under a Jan. 3 consent order and agreement, the penalty will go to state environmental funds. Sunoco was also ordered to restore the lake, including a $1.15 million fish habitat improvement plan.

The Department of Environmental Protection said Sunoco could pay a penalty of $1,000 per day if it fails to comply with the order. Future fluid releases could incur a penalty of $5,000 per day.

The state agency earlier this month levied a $30.6 million fine against Energy Transfer subsidiary ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC for failing to promptly correct environmental violations. The state had issued a compliance order to the company after the Revolution natural gas pipeline exploded in September 2018 after heavy rains and a landslide in Beaver County, Pa.