Energy Transfer Partners

Buildng a natural gas pipeline
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Local challenges to natural gas pipeline projects like Rover and NEXUS have largely been unsuccessful in the courts and with regulators. But they may still be affecting the broader pipeline industry.

Ian Goodman heads a research and consulting group in energy economics.  He says any challenges--even local ones that don’t go anywhere--can cause delays. And those delays tend to worry investors. 

Preliminary work on Rover route west of Wooster

The Rover Pipeline’s corporate parent came under cyber-attack this week, according to Bloomberg News, as did three other natural gas transmission companies. No pipeline operations or safety systems were affected.

Rover Spill Clean Up
Ohio EPA

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 25:

Pipeline sections

Update: The company building the Rover pipeline maintains the loss of the nearly 150,000 gallons of drilling fluid is not a spill and says it is continuing to work through the process, and we are working in coordination with FERC on all of the remaining HDDs and are in compliance with the HDD contingency plan that was approved by FERC. "  

The $4.2 billion Rover pipeline cutting diagonally across Ohio is drawing more concern from state regulators. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on a letter the state wrote last week about a new spill.

Craig Butler
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

The Ohio EPA is planning this week to issue new notices of violations against the company building the 700-mile Rover Pipeline across the state.  WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has the latest developments involving the controversial natural-gas line.