W.Va. allows Rover Pipeline construction to resume after permit violations corrected

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Update: 6/12/2018 5:15 P.M.

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Numerous water pollution control violations have been found in a pipeline project including northern West Virginia.

Rover Pipeline, LLC, is constructing a 713-mile pipeline extending from Michigan through Ohio and including Doddridge, Wetzel and Tyler counties.

After a series of inspections, it was found several repeated violations.

They include a lack of erosion control devices and failure to control sediment from water leaving the construction site.

The DEP has fined the company more than $430,000.

Spills, along with safety and environmental violations have delayed construction of the pipeline in parts of Ohio.


West Virginia environmental authorities have lifted an order halting work on the Rover Pipeline on two segments in the Mountain State.

Earlier this year, inspectors found permit violations that led to erosion-control failures that resulted in sediment deposits in creeks and streams, and on July 17, the Department of Environmental Protection ordered Rover Pipeline to stop construction of the two segments.

The DEP now says inspections done on Wednesday show those permit violations have been corrected.

One segment extends 36 miles from Ohio through Tyler and Wetzel counties to a compressor station at Sherwood in Doddridge County.

Another runs for 6 miles through Doddridge County.

Construction wasn't halted on two other West Virginia segments.

The 700-mile Rover Pipeline will carry natural gas from shale deposits in West Virginia and Pennsylvania across Ohio and into Michigan.

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