West Virginia orders ETP to stop some work on Rover natgas pipe

From Reuters - March 14, 2018

(Reuters) - Environmental regulators in West Virginia ordered Energy Transfer Partners LP to again halt work on its Rover natural gas pipeline in the state due to permit violations.

These are just the latest of numerous permit violations that the $4.2 billion Rover pipeline has racked up since ETP started building the project in the first quarter of 2017.

Rover is the biggest gas pipe under construction in the United States. It is designed to carry up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to the U.S. Midwest and Canadas Ontario province.

One billion cubic feet of gas is enough to fuel about 5 million U.S. homes for a day.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued the order on March 5 following inspections in mid to late February.

The state said inspectors observed 14 permit violations, including problems with storm water and trash.

We continue to work with ... the DEP to resolve any outstanding concerns, ETP spokeswoman Alexis Daniel said.


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