Turns Out OEPA & Columbus Dispatch Were Lying – Rover NOT Fined

Early last week MDN brought you the news that Energy Transfer’s Rover Pipeline project has been fined by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) for $431,000 for “18 incidents involving mud spills from drilling, stormwater pollution and open burning at Rover pipeline construction sites have been reported between late March and Monday” (see Ohio EPA Slaps Rover Pipe with $431K Fine for Spills, Other Issues). Based on OEPA’s report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC then told Rover to stop any new horizontal drilling underground (see FERC Slaps Rover Pipeline with Stop Drilling Order). But at the end of last week, a spokeswoman for Energy Transfer told the ace reporters at Natural Gas Intelligence that Rover has NOT been fined by the OEPA (see ET Disputes Ohio EPA Action on Rover, Says there Is No $431K Fine), which led us to say in our opening: “Somebody somewhere isn’t telling the truth.” We now know who didn’t tell the truth: the OEPA and the Columbus Dispatch

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