Stop Pipeline Construction Plagued by Environmental Abuses

Target: Cheryl A. LaFleur, Acting Chairman, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Goal: Ensure construction of Rover natural gas pipeline is halted until existing infractions are resolved and public safety can be ensured.

Over two million gallons of drilling fluid spilled during construction of the Rover natural gas pipeline has caused significant damage to wetlands in Ohio. The company behind the project and the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, has a track record of environmental abuses and indifference for public safety.

The Rover pipeline project has been beleaguered by environmental infractions since construction began in March 2017. It has been cited 18 times across 11 counties for excessive air and water pollution. Energy Transfer Partners also refused to honor an agreement to pay the Oho Historic Preservation Office $1.5 million for damage to vital lands.

A growing coalition of environmental rights groups has risen in opposition to the pipeline. 114 separate groups signed a letter calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order the halt of all pipeline construction. For its part the FERC recently ordered a temporary halt of pipeline construction beyond the spill site. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has also levied a $431,000 fine on Energy Transfer Partners for the violations incurred through two months of construction.

Given the volume of offenses committed by the company in only two months of construction, it is clear that any additional construction will pose a risk to public safety and ecological health. Please sign the below petition calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to expand its order to include the entire pipeline route.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Commissioner LaFleur,

I am writing to urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to order the halt of all construction activities along the Rover pipeline. Energy Transfer Partners has demonstrated a complete disregard for public safety in already being cited 18 times for pollution violations. Pipeline construction also caused significant long-term ecological damage through the release of drilling fluid into Ohio wetlands.

The commission deserves credit for halting horizontal pipeline drilling beyond the spill site. However, that order is narrow, temporary and still leaves surrounding communities at risk. Please consider halting all pipeline construction until Energy Transfer Partners resolves all current infractions and public safety can be reasonably ensured.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Environmental Protection Agency

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5 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    STOP Pipeline Construction From Destroying the Environment NOW!!! Environment OVER PROFITS!!!!

  2. With their terrible track record of leaks and spills, and their unwillingness to take responsibility for the damage they cause, Energy Transfer Partners should be permanently banned from any oil-related business in North America, in my opinion.

  3. They’re all blinded by they’re own disrespect for our Own Planet Earth.

  4. Let the filth spill on they’re reservours..the Courts should have listened to the wisemen and woman .of the tribes.

  5. DUMP THE ROVER NATURAL GAS PIPELINE FOR GOOD NOW.

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