Ohio’s environmental regulators have more than doubled the proposed fines against Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company building a natural gas pipeline from West Virginia to Michigan. The fines now stand at $2.3 million and stem from what the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says are numerous water and air pollution violations during construction of the $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline, including a series of leaks of drilling mud and diesel-contaminated drilling slurry. Construction work was halted, but last week FERC gave ETP the go-ahead to start construction again.
Now, just three days after winning FERC’s approval to restart certain construction operations after a series of environmental violations, the Rover pipeline was cited on September 22, 2017, with a new environmental notice by Ohio regulators for spilling contaminants into a waterway in Carroll County, Ohio, saying Rover spilled soap wastewater discharge and soil and sediment into a tributary of Irish Creek.
How many violations will the proposed Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines incur? Will Dominion just pay the fines and move forward with construction? The truth is there is no way these pipelines can be built safely and without major destruction to our waterways, our property and the natural environment.