FERC Says Emails Prove Rover Lied About Demolishing This Old House

In May 2015, Rover purchased a house in Carroll County, OH, located near where the pipeline, and a compressor station for that pipeline, is due to run. Rover bought the house to use for offices for several Rover affiliate companies. After buying it, Rover determined the house was “ill-suited for its intended purpose” and decided to demolish it. Problem was/is, that house was under consideration to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The house was not yet on the list of Historic Places, but was on a list of properties under consideration. Their action in demolishing the house landed Rover in hot water with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (see Rover Pipeline in Hot Water Over Demolishing Historic House in OH). FERC said Rover should have reported their decision to demolish the house. Rover had to pay a “fine” of $2.3 million “to a fund administered by the Ohio History Connection Foundation and the State Historic Preservation Office” (see Rover Pipeline Paying $2.3M for Knocking Down Historic OH House). FERC issued a “Staff Notice of Alleged Violations” related to this old house in July of this year (see Rover Still in Hot Water w/FERC Over Demolishing This Old House). The notice says Rover “did not fully and forthrightly disclose all relevant information.” FERC also said, “Rover falsely promised it would avoid adverse effects to a historic resource that it was simultaneously working to purchase and destroy.” Because of the house demolition, FERC refused, and continues to refuse, to issue a blanket authorization for routine construction. In a FERC communication from last week, FERC says they have a smoking gun–copies of emails that prove Rover bought this old house with the intention of demolishing it right from the beginning…

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