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Rover Pipeline Caused More Environmental Violations Than Any Other Recent Pipeline

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The scene at an Rover Pipeline spill in Stark County, Ohio.

An analysis from Bloomberg finds that the Rover Pipeline has received more environmental violations than any other major interstate natural gas pipeline built in the past two years. That includes damage in Ohio.

Rover’s impact on Ohio includes the destruction of a historic house, damage to state wetlands and spilling drilling fluid near Canton's main water field. In total, the 710-mile pipeline has racked up 104 "noncompliance incidents."

To compare, the second-worst violator was the Virginia Southside Expansion, a 91-mile pipeline that saw 26 incidents.

Ohio EPA spokesman James Lee says the pipeline has met most of the state’s orders, except for one that requires them to submit a storm water management permit.

“Ohio EPA’s priority continues to be making sure that Rover complies with the state’s environmental laws," Lee says. "Whether that’s related to protecting ground water or surface water, the agency is committed to taking all necessary precautions.”

Though Lee declined to comment on the Bloomberg report, Ohio EPA officials have been openly critical of Rover’s noncompliance and have recently requested civil action against the pipeline’s parent company, Energy Transfer Partners.

Credit Energy Transfer Partners
Rover Pipeline's path through Ohio.

According to Bloomberg, the Rover Pipeline, which is intended to transport natural gas from the Marcellus shale deposit to the Midwest and Canada, is Energy Transfer's "biggest project since its controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline."

Mitch Felan is a news intern for WKSU. He is a multimedia journalist with experience in print, television, radio and visual journalism. Felan is a junior at Kent State University, working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism. During the school year, Felan works for Kent State Student Media in TV2, The Kent Stater, and KentWired. He will be serving as the Digital Director for Kent State University's Student Media Newsroom in the Fall.