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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pipeline Problems Promulgated as Rover Rankles Roger

The laundry list of problems that have occurred in connection with construction of the Rover pipeline are hardly a secret.  Spills, destruction of a home that was under consideration for registry as a historic landmark, and upsetting farmers by pumping rainwater out of trenches into fields have been a few of the stories that have marked the months since Energy Transfer Partners began working in earnest on the pipeline.

Now an article from Oil & Gas is highlighting more of the reasons that local residents are upset with ETP, as even those that fought to carefully craft their agreements with the company are finding that they have a new fight on their hands as the company rushes to complete the project.  An excerpt:
After the Rover Pipeline was announced and Roger Meggyesy learned it would bisect farmland he owns, he expressed concerns about maintaining the quality of the topsoil and proper mitigation programs to restore productivity. 
That was in 2015. Fast-forward to 2017, and Meggyesy’s fears have not been allayed, which prompted him to request a roadside meeting with a pipeline monitor and environmental inspectors. 
“We worked to get good easements and good language (in the contract), but once construction started, everyone seemed to forget,” Meggyesy told Gary Anderson, a third-party pipeline inspector who submits his reports to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Damon McCarthy, who deals with right-of-way issues on the project; and inspectors from Land Stewards, including Wendell Swartzentruber, who monitors the work to minimize environmental impacts. 
Joining the makeshift meeting on the side of the road at the intersection of Blachleyville and Firestone roads were Lindsay Shoup, organizational director for the Wayne County Farm Bureau; Roger Baker, a farmer and state trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau; and Rod Scheibe, a dairy farmer who rents land from Meggyesy. 
Because Meggyesy uses a wheelchair to get around, he sat in his vehicle the whole time. However, he had a perfect vantage point from which he could point out compliance problems. He told the group to look at his property and notice how truck tracks were present at the corner.
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