Sunoco to pay $99,000 for petroleum discharge into southwest Pa.’s Turtle Creek

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Sunoco has agreed to pay a $99,000 settlement in lieu of fines and civil damages to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) as a result of the company’s unpermitted discharge of a petroleum product into Turtle Creek in Westmoreland County Nov. 25, 2008.

Settlement. Sunoco agreed to pay the settlement following an investigation by PFBC waterways conservation officers and biologists and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

No liability. The settlement does not represent an admission of liability by the company.

The creek remains a destination spot for many anglers in the greater Pittsburgh area and the PFBC encourages residents to help with stocking efforts.

This season, Turtle Creek is scheduled to be stocked April 12 and 27 with brown and rainbow trout.

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