Rover Pipeline cited for water violation by Michigan DEQ

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) got in hot water with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for its Rover natural gas pipeline.

Now the Dallas-based company is in trouble with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Kallanish Energy learns.

It has cited ETP for a violation in connection with a discharge of water containing petroleum into wetlands near the Portage River and Silver Lake.

DEQ said the petroleum appeared to come from an old service station near a dewatering site along the pipeline route near Pinckney in Washtenaw County, but ETP would still be responsible for the contamination. ETP was due to submit its response.

About 213 miles of the pipeline from Cadiz in eastern Ohio, to Defiance in northwest Ohio and along two laterals were put into service on Aug. 31.

Constructing the 125-mile pipeline from Defiance north into Michigan and east into Ontario is continuing. That project is expected to be in service by the end of 2018’s first quarter, ETP said.

The 711-mile twin pipeline will carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to the Midwest, Canada and the Gulf Coast. The $4.2 billion pipeline will move up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day from Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

ETP and the Ohio EPA are still fighting over a disputed stormwater permit for the pipeline. ETP says it has spent $20 million in Ohio to correct problems caused by a dozen leaks or spills from horizontal directional drilling under highways and streams along the pipeline route.

The company says it has mitigated every issue raised by the Ohio EPA.