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U.S. government sues Sunoco for pipeline spill

Thursday, April 20, 2017 by

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The United States government filed suit against Sunoco over a pipeline rupture that allowed thousands of gallons of gasoline to contaminate waterways in Lorain County in 2012, according to The Plain Dealer.

The spill forced the evacuation of 70 residents after coming up through a Wellington Township Service garage. The gas pooled as deep as six inches before flowing into two waterways, the White Ditch and the Black River. The spill polluted the water and harmed wildlife, according to the lawsuit.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found that Sunoco violated the Clean Water Act and could force it to pay up to $1,100 per barrel of oil in damages. The costs could add up to $2.15 million total.

Learn more: The Plain Dealer > U.S. government sues Sunoco over rupture in gas pipeline that caused 2012 spill in Lorain County

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