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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Ohio EPA Watching Rover Pipeline Closely, Expresses Concern Over Missing Drilling Mud

From NGI:
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) has requested daily updates on Rover Pipeline LLC's latest horizontal directional drill (HDD) under the Tuscarawas River, citing "significant concerns" over a potential repeat of a major spill that occurred there last April. 
In a letter sent last Thursday to Rover sponsor Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) and FERC, Ohio EPA cited a recent "loss of returns associated with the pilot hole installation in Stark County at the HDD under the Tuscarawas River." 
The Tuscarawas crossing is the site of a roughly 2 million gallon drilling fluids spill last April that led the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to suspend new HDD activities on the project pending independent review. 
Citing information gathered during a Jan. 10 on-site inspection, Ohio EPA said 146,000 gallons of drilling fluids "have been lost down the hole," while also noting that based on Rover's use of "drone surveillance several times a day" and continuous monitoring of the pipeline right of way no inadvertent returns had been discovered.
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