Radical Enviro Groups Ask FERC for Full Investigation of ET Rover

Here is a short list of radical environmental groups that are despicable and loathsome in every sense of the word: Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Earthworks, Freshwater Accountability Project, Friends for Environmental Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, Indigenous Iowa, Keep Wayne WILD, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Ohio River Citizens’ Alliance, and Oil Change International. They have dedicated themselves to stopping work on, and ultimately blocking, Energy Transfer’s (ET) $3.7 billion, 711-mile Marcellus/Utica Rover natural gas pipeline that will run from PA, WV and eastern OH through OH into Michigan and eventually into Canada. The problem, however, is that ET has given these groups an open door to pedal their anti-fossil fuel nonsense. Indeed, ET has given them an open door to block further progress on building Rover. How? By rushing construction that has led to a string of accidents and incidents, alienating the thin-skinned Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) and a number of landowners. One of the accidents, perhaps the most prominent accident that’s been the focus for much of the radical’s efforts, was a 2 million gallon spill of drilling mud into a wetland near the Tuscarawas River back in April (see Rover Pipeline Accident Spills ~2M Gal. Drilling Mud in OH Swamp). After receiving a tip, the OEPA tested some of the recovered drilling mud and claim they found diesel fuel mixed in (see OH EPA Says Diesel Fuel Found in Rover 2M Gal Drilling Mud Spill). That finding led the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to launch an investigation. On Wednesday, the radical groups we list above sent a five-page letter to FERC requesting a “formal and full investigation” of the entire Rover project. In other words, shut it all down and give Rover a detailed anal exam. Every day the Rover Pipeline goes over its projected online date, the company loses $10 million. If FERC agrees to the nutters’ request, well, let’s just say it’s not good news for ET…

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