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$40M penalty proposed for gas pipeline builder after spill

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Federal regulators are proposing a $40 million fine against the builder of a multistate natural gas pipeline.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says the pipeline company used diesel fuel and other toxic substances while drilling under a river in Ohio four years ago.

The proposed fine stems from an accidental spill of 2 million gallons in 2017.

It’s the second hefty penalty sought against Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners and its subsidiary Rover Pipeline within the past year.

The company says it didn't have any knowledge or involvement in using the diesel fuel.

It says a subcontractor's rogue employee is to blame.