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Friday, December 15, 2017

Rover Pipeline Gets Full Green Light for Drilling From FERC Despite Ohio EPA Objections

From Reuters:
U.S. energy regulators on Thursday approved Energy Transfer Partners LP’s request to resume horizontal drilling at eight sites in Ohio and West Virginia as it works to complete part of the Rover natural gas pipeline by the end of the year. 
The approvals came as the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency sought a pause in Rover’s horizontal drilling in the state due to repeated spills of the clay and water mix used to lubricate the drilling blades. 
The Ohio EPA asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the pause on Nov. 24. 
“Ohio was only informed shortly before and not consulted about the FERC approval to Rover. We are still very concerned about the total and continuing number of environmental impacts Rover is causing in Ohio,” Ohio EPA director Craig Butler said in a statement. 
Pipeline companies use horizontal directional drilling to cross under large obstacles like highways and rivers.

ETP said that with the FERC approval on Thursday it can proceed with all 49 horizontal drills for the entire Rover project. It has already completed 29 of those drills.
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