The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has given the Sunoco Pipeline approval to restart construction on the Mariner East 2 pipeline. However, the company will also have to pay a $12.6 million fine — one of the largest civil penalties ever issued by the agency, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The DEP halted pipeline construction in January to stop what it called a pattern of “egregious and willful violations,” including failure to report spills of drilling fluids and altering construction plans without approval from the state.

Sunoco is building the 350-mile pipeline to ship natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to terminals near Philadelphia

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