Rover Pipeline Again Ordered to Stop Construction

March 14, 2018

The 713-mile long Rover Pipeline, owned by Energy Transfer Partners, was ordered to stop construction for the second time in a year.

Scott Mandirola, director of West Virginia's Division of Water and Waste Management, said multiple violations were found in Tyler, Wetzel, and Doddridge counties during inspections in February.

The cease-and-desist order is the second the DEP has issued to the Rover Pipeline in the past year; state regulators cited the ETP pipeline builders for similar violations in July 2017 after discovering in April the company was not properly controlling erosion and toxic runoff along the line's construction. The April incident included the Rover pipeline spilling more than 2M gallons of drilling fluid in Ohio, prompting scrutiny from regulators there.

When finished, the Rover Pipeline will transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from processing plants in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Angie Rosser, executive director of the West Virginia Rivers Coalition, said “When I see repeated violations, I say it’s time for this company to stop doing business in this state if they can’t do it responsibly.” Rosser noted the cease-and-desist order should signal to other pipelines that they’ll be closely watched by state regulatory agencies, as well as mobilized citizen groups and landowners.

ETP Rover must submit a plan of “corrective action,” due March 25, and install devices to control erosion and sediment-water release.

The Rover Pipeline is one of several lines that will run next to one another.

Read more about this latest stop order on an ETP project in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.