FERC stops short of full Rover drilling approval
Houston, 21 November (Argus) — The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has approved Energy Transfer Partners' plans to resume drilling for the 3.25 Bcf/d (92mn m³/d) Rover natural gas pipeline in four new locations, but has not approved the two remaining locations.
FERC halted drilling to install the pipeline at multiple locations in May because of a drilling fluids spill in the Tuscarawas river in Ohio. FERC this week approved the restart of directional drilling where the pipeline crosses under Honey creek, Interstate Highway 77, the Ohio river, and the Norfolk Southern railroad in Ohio. The two locations where drilling is still under a moratorium are under the Sandusky and Tuscarawas rivers.
Rover applied to resume drilling after it developed and filed specific measures to address the recommendations of consulting firm JD Hair & Associates (JDHA) and site-specific recommendations made by agency staff. FERC approved some of the applications in September and October but said Rover's responses do not address some recommendations from JDHA for the Sandusky and Tuscarawas rivers.
The project has begun partial service from Cadiz to Defiance, Ohio, and is scheduled to begin full flows at the end of March 2018.