Earlier this month workers on the Rover natural gas pipeline project saw drilling mud disappear underground in Stark County.
As a second of two pipes was being installed, 146 thousand gallons never returned to the surface and is unaccounted for. The company building the pipeline, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, has rejected the Ohio EPA's call to shut down drilling until an investigation can be completed. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday ordered a shutdown. Ohio EPA spokesperson James Lee.
The agency wants the company to answer questions about the spill and look at whether there are other options for pipeline work near the Tuscarawas River. Last April, 2 million gallons of drilling mud was spilled into wetlands at the Stark County site.