By Paul Kurtz
VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (CBS) — Tredyffrin Township officials have reached a settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection over an aging sewage pipe that has ruptured several times in recent years.READ MORE: Kaylin Johnson, Teen Killed In West Philadelphia Triple Shooting, Remembered As 'Definition Of Freak Athlete'
The township has agreed to pay a $110,000 fine and replace the pipeline that ruptured twice last winter in Valley Forge National Park. Twenty-one million gallons of raw sewage spilled into Valley Creek.READ MORE: Man Shot In Parking Lot of Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Philadelphia Police Say
When township officials first dragged their feet on addressing the issue, environmentalists and fishing enthusiasts threatened to drag them into court.
“We think the settlement is good for Valley Forge,” says David Masur, director of Penn Environment. “We think it’s good for the Valley Creek. We didn’t necessarily want to see the inside of a courtroom if we could resolve this in a comprehensive way without starting a lawsuit.”MORE NEWS: Bucks County Police Officer Among 4 Men Arrested For Attempting To Lure Child For Sex In Atlantic City: Officials
Masur says the settlement also sets up an emergency response plan if there’s another rupture before work begins on a new pipeline in 2016.