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Rover Pipeline faces more environmental scrutiny &...

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it found diesel fuel in the drilling mud Rover Pipeline builders spilled in a local wetland in April. With the discovery, the state EPA raised the proposed penalty against Rover to $914,000 and ordered the pipeline company to monitor groundwater around the spill area and near a quarry where workers have been disposing drilling mud in pits. The quarry is near a well owned...

Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about...

    This image distributed by the Ohio EPA shows the site of an April incident involving the Rover Pipeline. Ohio pipeline spill raises broader questions about oversight Written By  Kathiann M. Kowalski May 12, 2017 Midwest Energy News | 2017-05-12T06:01:00+00:00 Releases of more than two million gallons of drilling mud triggered federal and state agency actions against the developer of Ohio’s Rover Pipeline this month, and...

Feds Halt New Drilling on Rover Pipeline After Mas...

The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) halted new drilling Wednesday on the Rover Pipeline until it addresses its 2 million gallon spill of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands. The decision was made just days after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) slapped parent company Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) with a $431,000 fine over numerous water and air pollution violations along the route of the $4.2...

A state ravaged by oil: 745 oil spills reported in...

A state ravaged by oil: 745 oil spills reported in North Dakota in just one year On average a spill occurred every 11 hours and 45 minutes Charlie May Salon | Sunday, May 7, 2017 05:09 PM EDT  North Dakota, a state that was the forefront of national protests for months over environmental concerns stemming from the construction of a major pipeline, reported 745 oil spills since last May, according to the state’s Department of...

Rover Pipeline work dumps 50,000 gallons of drilli...

Buy NowTim Busbey, Asst. EditorConstruction crews work to build the Rover Pipeline in western Ashland County Thursday morning. A spill involving construction of the pipeline took place in eastern Richland County last week. Rover Pipeline work dumps 50,000 gallons of drilling fluid in Mifflin Twp. wetlands Tim Busbey, Asst. Editor Richland Source| Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:45:00 -0400 MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP (UPDATED at 1 p.m. with...

Pipeline altering (Ohio) countryside

MANSFIELD – Judy Handmaker says she has cried over the Rover natural gas pipeline cutting through her family’s almost 80 acres of farmland on Ohio 545. Handmaker, 73, of Louisville, Ky., said her ancestors including Samuel Osbun, who served in both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, settled in Richland County after the war, having owned farmland stretching from Richland Shale Road to Franklin-Church Road....

Keystone approval kicks off new fight over pipelin...

Friday’s approval of a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is just the opening act of a renewed fight to get the project built. Environmentalists who waged a yearslong war against the controversial project during the Obama administration have lined up to fight it again now. President Trump’s decision to give Keystone developer TransCanada a presidential permit does not clear the path for the $8 billion project. With...

Congress should make oil and gas companies pay for...

In his inaugural speech, President Trump vowed to pry the nation’s wealth and power away from Washington politicians and restore them to the American people. But this week the Senate is poised to vote on a bill – quietly passed by the House on Feb. 3 – to rob those same taxpayers of hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties owed by energy companies drilling for oil and gas on land that belongs to the public. The measure...

Trump’s EPA Halts Request for Methane Inform...

One of Scott Pruitt’s first orders as administrator is to walk back from an effort to rein in climate-warming methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. In a strong signal of its retreat from climate change action, the Trump administration on Thursday halted an effort to gather data from the oil and gas industry that is needed to rein in leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. More than 15,000 owners and operators...

Texas Pipeline Spills 600,000 Gallons of Oil One W...

On Jan. 30, 600,000 gallons (14,285 barrels) of oil spewed out of Enbridge’s Seaway Pipeline in Blue Ridge, Texas, the second spill since the pipeline opened for business in mid-2016. Seaway is half owned by Enbridge and serves as the final leg of a pipeline system DeSmogBlog has called the “Keystone XLClone,” which carries mostly tar sands extracted from Alberta, Canada, across the U.S. at a rate of...

North Dakota Pipeline Protest Spurs South Dakota L...

FILE – In this Jan. 10, 2017, file photo, South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard waits to give his State of the State address at the state Capitol in Pierre, S.D. An aide to Daugaard said Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, that Daugaard’s office is pursuing legislation this session to make sure South Dakota is prepared for potential protests based on lessons North Dakota learned from large demonstrations over the Dakota Access...

Pipeline exec compares Dakota protesters to terror...

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top executive at the company building the controversial Dakota Access pipeline on Wednesday compared pipeline opponents to terrorists. Joey Mahmoud, executive vice president of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, said protesters have “assaulted numerous pipeline personnel,” destroyed millions of dollars’ worth of construction equipment and even fired a pistol at law enforcement during...

Mahoning Township (New Castle, PA) compressor stat...

Delayed posting from June 2015 Residents living near a compressor station on Baird Road say they can’t stand the noise. Mahoning Township Supervisors promised Tuesday to meet with Hilcorp Energy Co. of Texas after hearing several residents describe the disruption of their peace and quiet by the facility during the last eight months. The residents, most of whom hold leases with Hilcorp, are asking that Hilcorp build a...

Tribe files legal challenge to stall Dakota Access...

 CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — Construction crews have resumed work on the final segment of the Dakota Access pipeline, and the developer of the long-delayed project said Thursday that the full system could be operational within three months. Meanwhile, an American Indian tribe filed a legal challenge to block the work and protect its water supply. The Army granted Energy Transfer Partners formal permission Wednesday to lay pipe...

Local attorney blasts Spectra Energy over fault li...

 Calls apparent oversight of Bowling Green Fault line ‘an astonishing screw-up’ A local attorney known for defending activists today called Houston-based Spectra Energy’s apparent oversight of the Bowling Green Fault line “an astonishing screw-up” that could help his cause and complicate company efforts to build its proposed $2 billion NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline through northwest Ohio. Flanked by about 50...