The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency this week requested Rover Pipeline pause horizontal boring work after yet another spill of clay-based drilling slurry.
The latest incident happened Nov. 16, when 200 gallons of drilling slurry spilled into the Black Fork Mohican River in Ashland County. It was the largest of three spills near the river this month, and close to the site of a 50,000-gallon spill in April.
In a letter Wednesday, Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler asked Rover to pause its boring and review plans to prevent and clean up spills.
Butler also said he would ask the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to intervene.
“I cannot explain how disappointed I am with the continued trend of Rover causing environmental damage in Ohio by continuing operations causing unauthorized discharges to Ohio waterways,” Butler wrote. “I understand the significance of this project, and while Ohio remains supportive of oil and gas infrastructure development, it cannot come at a cost of jeopardizing public health or the environment.”
In an email, Rover spokeswoman Vicki Anderson Granado said the pipeline is in compliance with plans approved by FERC and Ohio EPA.
“We disagree with Mr. Butler and the information put forth in his letter last week, which is mostly misstatements of our horizontal directional drilling operations,” Granado wrote Monday.Read the rest of the article by clicking here.
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