FERC Denies Rover Pipeline Drilling Request; Company Announces Project Delay

From Platts:
US regulators have rejected a request by Energy Transfer Partners' Rover Pipeline to resume horizontal directional drilling at two key sites, putting further pressure on the operator's efforts to meet its in-service target of July 1 for the first phase of a 3.25 Bcf/d natural gas project being closely watched by Northeast and downstream markets. 
Following leaks of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands in April, including one during horizontal directional drilling at the Tuscarawas River, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Rover earlier in May not to conduct any more drilling of that type in some areas where it has not started work. 
ETP then asked to be allowed to continue the drilling at two sites where the activity was already underway, one in Ohio and the other in West Virginia. It said halting excavation there could cause further environmental problems and expressed concerns about the project being delayed.
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Next, from NGI:
While part of Energy Transfer Partners LP's Rover Pipeline Phase 1 remains on track for an early July start-up, the rest of Phase 1 is likely to get pushed back, a company spokeswoman said Thursday. 
"We continue to be on schedule to bring on a portion of Phase 1 in early July," Energy Transfer's Alexis Daniel told NGIvia email. "We remain optimistic that the remaining portion of Phase 1 will be online within 60 days, by late July. We do not anticipate any delays to the in-service date on Phase 2, which is Nov. 1, 2017. 
"We continue to work with the FERC and the Ohio [Environmental Protection Agency] and hope to resolve all outstanding issues soon.”
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