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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Rover Pipeline Turns to Eminent Domain to Get Construction Started

From The Columbus Dispatch:
Trees are likely to fall soon to make way for a $4.2 billion natural-gas pipeline slicing through Ohio, according to an eminent-domain lawsuit filed in federal court in Columbus. 
Rover Pipeline said it must "complete all tree-felling activities" by March 31 to meet contractual obligations with gas shippers and "to reduce impacts, if any, on protected species of wildlife." 
"Rover must begin construction immediately," the suit says. 
The 713-mile pipeline received federal approval despite opposition from some communities along its path and being rerouted at least twice early in its planning. The federal government set the deadline so tree removal doesn't disturb federally protected bats that begin roosting in April.
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