February 3, 2017

Press Release: FERC Issues Certificate for Rover Pipeline

Last night, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the Rover Pipeline Project. The Coalition for the Expansion of Pipeline Infrastructure (CEPI) applauds FERC for releasing the certificate after two years of thorough review.

“We’re ready to get to work,” said Geno Alessandrini, business manager of the Michigan Laborers’ District Council. “A lot of the work for construction will go to our members, who are highly skilled and uphold the highest safety standards on our worksites. We’re excited to get to work on the Rover Pipeline, and get the job done right.”

Member organizations of CEPI are ready and willing to help build the Rover Pipeline safely and efficiently, with minimal impacts to properties along the project’s route. The trade organizations represented by the Coalition are among the most qualified, highly skilled professionals in their respective vocations – these hardworking men and women know how to get the job done right. And the Rover Pipeline will provide as many as 10,000 construction workers with shovel-ready jobs.

“This development is great news,” said Ryan Augsburger of The Ohio Manufacturers’ Association. “Construction of the project will generate a windfall of demand for American-manufactured pipeline components. And once in operation, these same organizations will have reliable access to natural gas, affordably powering their operations. Manufacturing has long played a prominent role in Ohio’s economy, and we are confident that the Rover Pipeline will provide opportunities for the industry’s success well into the future.”

Once in operation the Rover Pipeline will fill a longstanding need of natural gas producers in the Marcellus shale region. While production levels have steadily risen in recent years thanks to new extraction technologies, the ability to transport those resources to end markets has been sorely lacking. Now, with the Rover Pipeline clearing a major regulatory hurdle, natural gas producers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia are one step closer in their ability to meet demand for affordable, domestically-produced natural gas.



About CEPI: The Coalition for the Expansion of Pipeline Infrastructure (CEPI) is a partnership of entities from the agriculture, business, manufacturing, and labor sectors whose goal is to educate and advocate for expanding responsibly constructed, local-jobs creating pipeline infrastructure in Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. Together it represents more than 20,000 individuals, farmers, and businesses from across Ohio and Michigan. Members of the coalition include the Laborers District Council of Ohio, Land Improvement Contractors Association – Michigan, Michigan Chemistry Council, Michigan Forest Products Council, Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, Michigan Laborers’ District Council, Michigan Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET), Michigan Oil and Gas Association, Michigan State Grange, Ohio Association of Convenience Stores, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, Ohio Grocers Association, Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association, Ohio Manufacturers Association, Ohio Oil and Gas Association, Ohio State Grange, Operating Engineers Local 18, Pipeliners Local 798, United Association and the West Virginia Manufacturers Association.

Visit us online at http://www.expandpipelineinfrastructure.org.