The Supreme Court of Ohio will hear the state’s case against Rover Pipeline over alleged environmental violations during the pipeline’s construction.
The justices formally accepted the case last week, but have yet to announce a date to hear arguments.
The question before the court is whether the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency gave up its right to enforce water pollution laws concerning the pipeline.
Rover transports natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale regions to southern Michigan. From there it goes to other users in the United States and Canada. Texas-based Energy Transfer owns the pipeline.
Rover’s twin 42-inch-diameter mainlines cross northern Ohio, including Stark, Tuscarawas, Carroll, Wayne, Ashland and Richland counties.
The Ohio Attorney General sued Rover and its subcontractors in Stark County Common Pleas Court in November 2017.
The state said Rover violated environmental laws in more than a dozen counties. The violations included discharges of sediment-laden stormwater, leaks of clay-based drilling fluid and the release of water used to pressure-test the pipeline.Click here to read more.