A couple in Cambria County has filed a lawsuit against Sunoco Pipeline L.P., claiming that the construction of the company’s Mariner East Pipeline contaminated their private well and their water supply.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Ronald and Jane Shawley, claims that the construction of the pipeline was not only a nuisance to them and their property, but that the company was negligent and reckless throughout the process.
According to the lawsuit, the Shawley’s, who live on a private property along Allbaugh Park Road, claim that the construction of the pipeline made their home “nearly uninhabitable.”
Documents claim that the construction of the pipeline damaged the couple’s private well and septic system, which has since caused numerous issues inside their home, including flooding, sewage issues and damage to household appliances and furniture.
In August, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office announced that Sunoco pleaded no contest and was convicted on charges that “it systematically polluted waterways and residential water wells across hundreds of miles” during the construction of the Mariner East Pipeline.
In addition to the damage caused to their property, the Shawley’s claim that they have since suffered numerous health issues, including headaches, burning eyes, rashes, etc.
According to the suit, the Shawley’s are seeking over $150,000 in damages and are demanding that the case be brought before a jury.