State Increases Proposed Penalties Against Rover Pipeline Builder

Jun 3, 2017

A Stark County wetland filled with drilling mud after a pipeline construction spill
Credit Ohio EPA

Ohio's environmental watchdog agency has increased the proposed penalty for the builder of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline after tests found diesel fuel in drilling mud spilled into a wetland.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says it's proposing to raise the penalty against Rover pipeline builder Energy Transfer Partners from $430,000 to $914,000. The agency has ordered the company to monitor groundwater near the spill area and a quarry that's close to a well supplying drinking water to 40,000 Stark County customers. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it wants records related to mud disposal preserved for the $4.2 billion-dollar project.