Iroquois fined for construction violations

Iroquois Pipeline Operating Co. and four of its top officers have pleaded guilty to violating the U.S. Clean Water Act (CWA) during construction of its 375 mile natural gas pipeline from Ontario to Long Island in 1991-92. A settlement agreement requires the company to pay $22 million in criminal fines and civil penalties and restore 29 wetlands and streams in Upstate New York damaged during construction. The company pleaded guilty to four felony counts filed in Northern New York U.S. District Court in Syracuse, ending a 4 year federal investigation. Iroquois will pay a $15 million CWA criminal fine, a $5 million CWA penalty, and $2 million in restitution to New York state for violati...

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