Gas pipeline resumes service after sinkhole-related shutdown

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FILE – In this Dec. 6, 2016 file photo tubes are stored in Sassnitz, Germany, to construct the natural gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 from Russia to Germany. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Service is resuming on a pipeline ferrying natural gas liquids across southern Pennsylvania after a sinkhole in January exposed a portion of the Mariner East 1 pipeline.

Texas-based Energy Transfer LP said it resumed service Tuesday, three months after state regulators ordered a shutdown.

It says it found no evidence the nearly 90-year-old pipeline was destabilized around the sinkhole in Chester County, although the Public Utility Commission says Energy Transfer has agreed to stronger safety measures.

The 350-mile, 8-inch pipeline carries natural gas liquids from Utica and Marcellus shale drilling fields to Energy Transfer’s Marcus Hook Industrial Complex on the Delaware River in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Construction on Energy Transfer’s heavily fined Mariner East 1, 2 and 2X projects are blamed for polluting waterways in dozens of places and causing sinkholes near homes.

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