Energy Transfer Partners has 18 strikes against them in Ohio
Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) has been fined $430,000 by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) for environment pollution violations.
The eight violations all occurred during the first seven weeks of construction of the $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline project that will move 3.25 billion cubic feet per day from Pennsylvania to Michigan, according to Nasdaq.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is now involved.
On Wednesday, FERC sent a letter to Energy Transfer Partners, the Rover pipeline operator, ordering it to not begin construction on any new locations, stop construction at the site of the major wetlands spill, as well as to hire an independent contractor to investigate what went wrong there, reports Inside Climate News.
The phrase "inadvertent returns" is an industry phrase that describes a certain type of spill or release of construction material.
It should be noted that on the day the OEPA reached out to the pipeline builder, they also asked FERC to step in.
According to the Ohio EPA, there has been a total of 18 spill incidents since the construction of the Rover pipeline began in mid-February that included mud spills from drilling, open burning, and storm-water pollution.
Some of the major incidents included the public water system in one community being affected, 50,000 gallons of bentonite mud being released into a protected wetland area about 30,000 square feet in size in Mifflin Township, as well as a release of 200 gallons of mud in another county.
What the ETP spokesperson failed to mention was the Ohio EPA’s fact sheet issued by the Division of Water in 2013 that specifically gives directions for the "Disposal of Horizontal Directional Drilling Wastes and Protection of Water Resources."
But the worst thing that Energy Transfer Partners is alleged to have done was to tell Ohio regulators that the state lacks the “authority to enforce violations of its federally delegated state water pollution control statutes.” Now that’s brazen, wouldn’t you think?