October 5, 2016

OH EPA Public Meeting Attendees Voice Support for Rover Pipeline

The Wooster Daily Record covered the public meeting held by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding the project’s water quality permits. According to the article, a number of Rover supporters were in attendance and voiced their backing for the Rover Pipeline:

During the public hearing, Don Cleland of Ashland Railway voiced support of approving the project. The company is looking to provide one of nine storage yards for the pipeline job.

Michael Bertolone of International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 18, Cleveland, said the project will lead to thousands of jobs for union workers. The pipeline company is committed to the environment, and the union workers will build it right.

Additionally, Mike Chadsey, Director of Public Affairs for the Ohio Oil & Gas Association, discussed Ohio’s need for midstream pipelines to support the state’s burgeoning natural gas production:

“Our region currently suffers from a lack of midstream natural gas infrastructure,” Chadsey said. The region can produce gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, but it doesn’t have the ability to transport it to end markets. The Rover pipeline will help.

The OH EPA recently approved Rover’s air quality permits, and CEPI anticipates a successful approval process of the water quality permits, thanks to the detailed plans put in place by the project. The Coalition is encouraged by the amount of support demonstrated at the recent public meeting in Wooster, and looks forward to future opportunities to educate the public and regulators on the many benefits of the Rover Pipeline.