PA DEP Fines Kinder Morgan $745K for Spills in Philly

pay fines here signEDITOR’S NOTE: It’s interesting what a negative story can produce. The DEP posted a back-dated press release on their site after MDN released this story pointing out they had not informed anyone but StateImpact. We can assure you the release was not there until we pointed out its absence. You can read the back-dated press release here.

Is the Democrat-controlled PBS outlet StateImpact Pennsylvania now the official stenographer for PennFuture Secretary of the PA Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Quigley? That’s the thought we had when reading a StateImpact story that the DEP has fined Kinder Morgan $745,000 for leaks at two Philadelphia-area storage facilities owned by Kinder. In every case we can recall, going back more than six years of writing the MDN blog site, whenever the DEP fines a driller or midstream company (Kinder is the latter), the DEP issues an official public press release on their own website. Not this time. Apparently the only “news” outlet to receive notification of the fine has been StateImpact because we’ve searched high and low and nobody else is (so far) carrying the news. Why did the DEP not post the news on their own website as they always have in the past? Why did only certain (perhaps just one) news outlets get this particular press release? Hence our observation that perhaps StateImpact is the new official stenographer for the PennFuture DEP. Here’s what the Dems at StateImpact say about the Kinder fine…

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