Rover, OH Landowners Head to Court re Pumping Water from Trenches

In May MDN brought you the news that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) was going after Rover Pipeline for failing to properly plan storm water management which resulted in heavy storm water runoff into farmers’ fields where Rover is digging trenches (see OEPA & Rover at Odds Over Storm Water Runoff, “Fine” Now $714K). OEPA was already sore with Rover over drilling mud spills, and this just added to the strained relationship. OEPA assessed a fine of $283,000. Some 246 landowners, many of them farmers, want compensation for Rover causing “long-term” damage to their fields when the company pumped out the trenches, onto their fields. So the landowners banded together and sued Rover in U.S. District Court. Everyone was in court last week…

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