Rover Pipeline seeks OK for compressor stations, laterals

Rover Pipeline is seeking federal approval to begin service at three compressor stations and three laterals on its natural gas pipeline in eastern Ohio, Kallanish Energy reports.

The request was filed Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners asked the federal agency to approve its request by Dec. 14.

The three compressor stations are at Cadiz, Seneca and Clarington. In all, 10 compressor stations are planned.

The laterals are the 3.7-mile, 24-inch Berne Lateral in Noble County, the 25.6-mile, 42-inch Seneca Lateral in Noble and Monroe counties, and the 32.6-mile, 42-inch Clarington Lateral in Monroe and Harrison counties.

The company is also seeking approval to begin service at seven metering stations.

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

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 first quarter 2018, ETP said.

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

ETP and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency remain ensnarled in a battle over the pipeline construction and leaks from horizontal directional drilling under streams and roads.

Ohio has filed a lawsuit against the company seeking $2.3 million in fines. The state has also asked that HDD be halted because of spills.