David Miller, July 13, 2018
Columbus, Ohio — The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Melanie Houston, Director of Climate Programs at the Ohio Environmental Council:
“Last week, The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) delayed in-service approval of sections of the Rover Pipeline. Earlier this week, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) issued a Notice of Violation for Rover’s illegal disposal of industrial waste that contained PCE, a likely carcinogen. Over a year after Rover’s first mistakes, they continue to mar Ohio’s environment and skirt important regulations designed to protect the land and health of Ohioans.
“The Rover Pipeline continues to cause headaches for Ohioans, particularly the landowners who are feeling the impacts of this poorly-managed pipeline project on their land and streams traversing their properties. These are Ohioans who deserve swift action by the company to restore their land, as best-as-possible, to its pre-Rover state.
“FERC is doing the right thing in holding Rover’s feet to the fire on restoration commitments. Furthermore, we applaud the Ohio EPA for continuing to monitor Rover’s actions. The recent Notice of Violation filed by the agency shows that Rover hasn’t learned from its past mistakes.”
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