Rover Pipeline Says Part of Phase 1 Will be Delayed Nearly a Month

Rover is Energy Transfer’s $3.7 billion, 711-mile Marcellus/Utica natural gas pipeline that will run from PA, WV and eastern OH through OH into Michigan and eventually into Canada. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), charged with overseeing interstate pipeline projects, granted final approval for the project in early February (see ET Rover Pipeline Gets Final Approval by FERC). Since then, the company has aggressively moved forward with construction. Energy Transfer has maintained, from the beginning, it will complete Phase 1 of the project in “July 2017” (usually quoted by Rover ET officials as July 1st), and the rest of the pipeline will be done in “November 2017” (Nov. 1st). Phase 1 will build the pipeline as far west as Defiance, OH. Phase 2 finishes the pipeline–all the way to the Dawn Hub in Canada. Some say the company has moved too quickly, resulting in accidents (see Rover Pipeline Accident Spills ~2M Gal. Drilling Mud in OH Swamp). Rover has put new procedures in place to prevent more accidents like the 2 million gallon drilling mud spill, asking FERC for permission to drill underground in two locations key to completing Phase 1 (see Rover Gets Serious About Mud Spills, Asks FERC for OK to Drill). Yesterday MDN brought you the news that FERC denied permission to begin new underground horizontal drilling (see FERC Responds to Rover Request to Begin Drilling in 2 Locations: NO). So that begs the question: Can Rover keep to its schedule? ET officials are now modifying the date for completion of Phase 1…

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