A Stark County judge has dismissed the state’s lawsuit against Rover Pipeline over alleged water pollution during construction of the natural gas pipeline.
In a ruling filed Monday, Common Pleas Judge Kristin G. Farmer said the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency waived its right to regulate pipeline construction under the Clean Water Act.
The state had a year to act on Rover’s application seeking to discharge pollutants under the Clean Water Act, and failed to do so, the judge wrote. Instead, Ohio EPA asked Rover to resubmit its application, which was approved.
The Ohio attorney general sued Rover in November 2017, alleging environmental violations in more than a dozen counties across the state due to sediment-laden stormwater, leaks and spills of clay-based drilling fluid or the release of water used to pressure-test the pipeline.
The biggest spill happened in April 2017 when millions of gallons of clay-based drilling fluid leaked into a Bethlehem Township wetland while workers bored a path for one of two main lines beneath the Tuscarawas River.Click here to read more.