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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Ohio EPA Asks Attorney General to Crack Down on Rover Pipeline

From The Canton Repository:
Rover Pipeline has not cleaned up diesel-contaminated waste that state regulators told the company to stop dumping near the water supplies of tens of thousands of Stark County residents. 
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig Butler cited Rover’s failure to properly dispose of the waste as an example of how Rover and parent company Energy Transfer Partners have stiff-armed state regulators. 
On Monday, Butler said he had referred Rover’s violations to the Ohio Attorney General for civil action, including a civil penalty of almost $1 million. 
Dallas-based Energy Transfer is building the $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline across Ohio, including parts of Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties. The interstate pipeline will carry natural gas produced by wells in the Utica and Marcellus shales. 
Despite Ohio EPA’s attempts to negotiate a settlement, Rover and Energy Transfer argue they’re exempt from state regulation because the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved the pipeline, Butler said.
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