Due to the widespread misinterpretation of a recent letter from the Ohio EPA, Rover Pipeline would like to provide factual information about the current state of the Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) at the Tuscarawas site. Most importantly, Rover has not experienced an inadvertent return or “spill” while installing the second line under the Tuscarawas River. We are 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. As we have said throughout the project, safety is our first priority – the safety of the community, the safety of the environment and the safety of our employees.
As an update, we are more than 76% complete with all HDD activity and more than 99% complete on all construction activities for the project.
The Rover Pipeline is a 713-mile pipeline designed to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of domestically produced natural gas from the rapidly expanding Marcellus and Utica Shale production areas to markets across the U.S. as well as into the Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario, Canada, for redistribution back into the U.S. or into the Canadian market.
The pipeline is operational from Marion Township in Noble County, Ohio, to Tiffin Township in Defiance, Ohio, and is capable of transporting up to 1.7 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. Rover is expected to be in full service by the end of the first quarter of 2018. When in full operation, Rover will transport gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania for delivery to pipeline interconnects in West Virginia and Eastern Ohio as well as to the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio, where up to 68 percent of the gas will be delivered for distribution to markets across the U.S.
The remaining 32 percent of the natural gas will be delivered to markets in Michigan via an interconnect near Livingston County, Michigan, with the existing Vector Pipeline, which has established delivery points to local distribution companies and the vast Michigan storage fields throughout the state. Additionally, Vector will transport natural gas that is not delivered to Michigan markets on to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.
Rover Quick Facts:
Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is a steerable, trenchless method of installing underground pipe in an arc along a prescribed bore path. The use of this method greatly minimizes surface disturbance and reduces environmental impact during construction. This construction method is used to install pipeline underneath waterways, wetlands, culturally sensitive areas, congested neighborhoods and roads.
Installation of a pipeline by HDD is generally accomplished in three stages. The first consists of directional drilling a small-diameter pilot hole along a designated directional path. The second involves enlarging this pilot hole to a diameter suitable for the installation of the pipeline. While the pilot hole is being drilled and enlarged to the appropriate diameter, skilled and trained pipeliners string, or lay out, the pipe to weld the pipe sections together. Once the hole is drilled to the appropriate size, the welded pipeline is installed by connecting to a swivel and pulling the pipe back through the enlarged hole.
Rover will use 49 Horizontal Directional Drills for the construction of the project.
Pipelines provide the most environmentally safe and most efficient means to transport the energy products that are critical to our way of life and to our economy.
At Energy Transfer and with the Rover Pipeline, safety is our top priority. Our goal is to provide safe and reliable natural gas service to the communities we cross and to the customers we serve. Rover Pipeline implements all federal standards into the design and operations of the pipeline, and in many instances, we exceed federal standards to ensure a safe and reliable pipeline.
Rover will gather natural gas from 12 locations and transport it to five delivery stations along its route.
Rover pipeline will gather gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania as well as various dry gas-gathering systems for delivery to the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio, where about 68 percent of the gas will be delivered via interconnects with existing pipelines in Ohio and West Virginia for distribution to markets across the U.S.
The remaining 32 percent of the natural gas will be delivered to markets in Michigan through an interconnect in Livingston County, Michigan, with the existing Vector Pipeline, which has established delivery points to local distribution companies and the vast Michigan storage fields throughout the state. Additionally, Vector will transport natural gas that is not delivered to Michigan markets on to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.
Transmission pipelines, like Rover, are highly regulated by federal, state and local regulatory agencies.
Rover has worked with these agencies for the permitting of the pipeline for almost 3 years.
Rover has completed all tree felling by the March 31, 2017 date issued by the FERC in order to avoid any disturbance to the Indiana and northern long-eared bats that begin to roost in April.
Rover has incorporated protection of sensitive resources from the very start of the process to route, design, build and eventually operate the pipeline. During the initial conception of the pipeline and its route, we selected a path that avoided and minimized the crossing of sensitive environmental resources as our base routing guideline. This, coupled with avoidance of residences, defined the route initially and then the route was field verified by civil surveys and environmental studies that further identified sensitive areas for the project to avoid.
During the construction and planning, Rover will take extreme caution when crossing sensitive environmental, wetland or resource areas. In these areas, Rover will isolate the construction work area with silt fence and other erosion or sedimentation control techniques to avoid allowing sedimentation to enter into the sensitive area. Rover also will reduce the workspace to the absolute minimum necessary and minimize disturbances to the root systems by only removing the vegetation roots in the trench and passing lanes, both of which are key precautionary measures.
For construction of infrastructure like Rover, construction takes place in what we call "spreads" with multiple spreads under construction simultaneously within each state.
Construction is currently taking place all along the route and is more than 99% complete.