Rover Pipeline – Legal Front Line

There are many “front lines” when fighting a pipeline. Warriors come in many forms. We seldom hear of the courtroom battles and the effort it involves. Did you know:

Public records are being sought over Rover Pipeline’s compliance With Environmental Laws. Using the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, The Center for Biological Diversity filed papers yesterday, 5/23. They want disclosure of environmental compliance documents relating to the Rover pipeline in Ohio. The natural gas pipeline is owned by Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission halted construction of unbuilt pipeline sections after 18 spills were reported. One of the spills released about 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into a pristine wetland along the Tuscarawas River south of Akron.

Also this month, conservation groups sued the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management over plans to permit hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in Ohio’s only national forest, the Wayne. The lawsuit aims to void leases and halt fracking in the national forest.

“We’re suing to stop this dangerous fracking plan because drinking water safety and public lands should come before corporate profits,” said Taylor McKinnon at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Ohio and Little Muskingum rivers provide precious water to millions of people in Ohio and downstream states. Pollution from fracking would be disastrous for the people who depend on this water.”

Fracking near the Wayne has already contaminated streams and harmed wildlife, including endangered species. Here’s a history:

In June 2014, the Eisenbarth well pad in Monroe County near the national forest boundary caught fire, resulting in 54,000 gallons of hazardous fracking chemicals and 300,000 gallons of fire retardants washing into a tributary of the Ohio River. The runoff killed 70,000 fish along a 5-mile stretch of the river.

In May 2014, a well head failure caused 100 barrels of drilling mud to spill into a creek near Beverly, Ohio, contaminating the creek with the drilling mud, crude oil, and condensate. The creek is connected to the Muskingum River, a tributary of the Ohio River.

In March 2016, a truck hauling drilling wastewater overturned in eastern Ohio, sending thousands of gallons of toxic water into a nearby creek and contaminating a drinking water reservoir in Barnesville in Belmont County. The wastewater came from a well in Monroe County.

In April 2017, an estimated 2 million gallons of drilling fluid spilled from the Rover Pipeline in two separate incidents near Richland and Stark counties.

These motions above are the other “Front Lines” we never hear of. Legal battles that need to be exposed, refined and driven. Contribute, share and be aware! The Ohio Slayers are stepping up to the bench.

Credit: The Center for Biological Diversity

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