DAPL: Disputes Payment Agreement

Documents filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) show that Energy Transfer Partners is disputing a $1.5 million annual payment owed to the state agency as part of a five-year agreement signed in February.

Big oil thinks it can destroy historic buildings without penalty? Sure seems like that’s the case. A Make Me Pay It attitude. Not only will they dump millions of gallons of waste, ruin wetlands and destroy landmarks but then refuse to pay agreed upon settlements.

Energy Transfer Partners was set to pay the preservation office in exchange for bulldozing the Stoneman House, a historic home built in 1843 in Dennison, Ohio, whose razing occurred duing construction of the Rover pipeline. The pipeline owner initially bulldozed the historic home, located near a compressor station, without notifying FERC, as the law requires.

The $1.5 million annual payment owed to the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office was in addition to the initial cost of purchasing the home.

The annual payments were supposed to go toward history education programs administered by the office, as agreed upon by FERC, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Energy Transfer Partners, and the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office.

In a March 2015 email, an Energy Transfer Partners employee, whose name is redacted in a filing docketed with FERC, acknowledged that bulldozing the home could create “negative regional PR.”

“I agree that tearing down the house could be a politically risky strategy,” wrote the official. “It may negatively affect the relationships with our reviewers and possibly result in some negative regional PR.”

“We also told FERC that we would work with the [State Historic Preservation Office] to get to a place where there was no adverse effect.”

 

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