Rover Pipeline LLC is a new interstate natural gas pipeline that is designed to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/day) of domestically produced natural gas to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Gulf Coast and Canada.

The project received a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on February 2, 2017. Construction will begin the first quarter of 2017 with targeted in-service goals of July 2017 for Phase I and November 2017 for Phase II.

Rover Pipeline will have direct deliveries in Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, and into the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada. This will provide a broader network of distribution points back into the U.S., Northeast and Canadian market.

The approximate $4.2 billion pipeline will gather gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania 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.

Thank you for your interest in the Rover Pipeline, LLC. If you have questions about the project, please call toll-free 1-888-844-3718.

Quick Facts About Rover

supplyRover will provide a long-term, reliable supply of low-cost natural gas to the Ohio and Michigan regions. As the 8th and 9th largest U.S. consumers by state of natural gas respectively, Ohio and Michigan are largely dependent upon out-of-state production to meet their supply needs. Pipelines that once brought gas to the Midwest from the Western U.S. and South (like many of today’s existing pipelines) are not currently connected with abundant U.S. Marcellus and Utica gas. Rover is a critical link to make new low-cost natural gas supplies available to Ohio and Michigan consumers over the long-term.

landownersProtecting landowner interests and the local environment is a top priority of the Rover Project. As an operating principle, Rover is committed to working with individual landowners to make accommodations, minimize disruptions, and achieve full restoration of impacted land. We will listen and address questions from the community, landowners and other interested stakeholders about the project, proposed routes, landowner communications and more. It is our intent to live up to our promises of openness, honesty and responsiveness before, during and after construction and throughout operations.

safetyRover will employ new advanced pipeline technology to ensure safety and reliability. Pipelines are the safest mode of transporting natural gas, according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation. But there are always opportunities to improve on that record. Today’s natural gas pipelines are designed to exceed stringent federal safety standards. Rover will be built and operated using the most advanced technology and monitoring systems to make it even safer.

  • Rover Construction Update
  • The Rover Pipeline project team would like to provide an update on the inadvertent release of “drilling mud” that occurred as part of our construction activities in Ohio.

    The drilling mud, which is a non-toxic, naturally occurring material that is safe for the environment was being used to help facilitate horizontal directional drills in Ohio. Due to the subsurface conditions and other environmental conditions of the locations, the drilling mud was able to migrate through naturally occurring fractures in the soils and reach the surface. It is important to note this is a common and normal component of executing directional drilling operations, there will be no impact to the environment and the release of the drilling mud is being managed and mitigated in accordance with the previously approved and certificated Horizontal Directional Drilling Contingency Plan on file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA).

    Drilling Mud

    Drilling mud is made up of water and naturally occurring bentonite. Bentonite is a type of clay that is non-toxic, and we do not anticipate there will be any harm to the environment. Furthermore, it is commonly used in a variety of household products that we use every day such as beer and wine, sugar, honey, creams and lotions, baby powders, laundry detergents and hand soaps.

    Recovery Efforts

    Rover has implemented its Contingency Plan to properly dispose of the mud and is working closely with the Ohio EPA and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in accordance with its permits, certificates and prior approvals.