FERC Slaps Rover Pipeline with Stop Drilling Order

You can’t see we didn’t warn Rover Pipeline. In our story yesterday about the Ohio EPA’s frustration with Rover over regular spills of drilling mud (and other violations), we pointed out that the OEPA’s language is “Not good news for Rover, when one of the main state regulators (that can stop the project) is leveling criticisms like that” (see Ohio EPA Slaps Rover Pipe with $431K Fine for Spills, Other Issues). We also said, in the last sentence of that post, “Rover needs to get this situation under control before an emergency stop work order is slapped on them.” Such an order, more or less, has now been issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Yesterday FERC sent a letter (copy below) to Rover telling the pipeline it can no longer drill horizontally underground for the pipeline in some locations–until it complies with certain measures outlined by FERC and gets FERC staff sign-off every step of the way. In other words, Rover has likely just been delayed–due to its own haste and by not displaying the proper contrite attitude toward the OEPA. No one to blame but themselves…

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