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West Virginia lifts cease-and-desist, gives Rover green light for construction

West Virginia is allowing Rover Pipeline LLC to resume construction activities on its 3.25-Bcf/d gas transportation project after finding that Rover corrected violations to a state water permit.

The state's Department of Environmental Protection lifted its July cease-and-desist order after an Aug. 9 inspection. On July 24, the agency had ordered the Energy Transfer Partners LP subsidiary to stop construction of the project after discovering violations that involved deposits of sediment in at least eight locations, failure to maintain erosion controls and other problems.

The green light from the state agency could help Rover reach the latest projected in-service dates, although project sponsors are still waiting for FERC to authorize drilling activities along the full route. The commission ordered a stop on some drilling activities after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency cited Rover over environmental violations. Energy Transfer recently estimated that full commercial service of the pipeline will begin in January 2018.

In West Virginia, the Rover project includes construction of 54.1 miles of 36-inch-diameter pipeline from Doddridge County, W.Va., to Monroe County, Ohio; 5.9 miles of 24-inch-diameter pipeline in Doddridge County, W.Va.; 23.6 miles of 24-inch-diameter pipeline from Marshall County, W.Va., to Belmont County, Ohio; new compressor stations in Doddridge and Marshall counties; and new meter stations and other supporting infrastructure. (FERC docket CP15-93)

Rover is also awaiting an environmental review for additional compression and capacity at a compressor station in West Virginia. (FERC docket CP17-464)