Rover Pipeline

Pipeline sections
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

A week ago,  an estimated 1.5 million gallons of a fluid used in drilling the underground pathway for the Rover gas pipeline spilled in southwestern Stark County. The accident was in an area where Canton has shallow wells for its water supply.  

For years, opponents of the proposed NEXUS pipeline across Ohio have been mounting legal challenges to block the multi-billion dollar project. Now, a northeast Ohio opposition group is getting some help with the legal costs from an area city. 

Green is giving CORN -- the Coalition to Reroute NEXUS -- $10,000 to help it pursue a lawsuit against the federal agency that would approve NEXUS.

Pipleline constrcution scene
Energy Transfer, parent company of Rover / Energy Transfer website

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved letting the Rover Pipeline project in Ohio go forward, at least partially. 

Rover plans to take natural gas from the Utica shale to Canada and filed for certification from the federal agency in 2014. Approval was held up when the company razed a historic house near one of its proposed construction sites in Carroll County. And the certificate just issued is limited. 

Ohio EPA Public Hearing Wooster
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The Ohio EPA is gathering public input on the proposed Rover natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio. The agency is focusing on compressor stations needed along the transmission system.

The EPA is holding hearings in communities near the planned pumping stations for Rover, which will run from Columbiana County to Michigan. 

At a meeting in Wooster -- the third session of five this month -- Kathie Jones of Medina asked the EPA's  Mike Hopkins  if it’s true that Rover will be ‘self-monitoring’ its emissions.