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 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.
When working in these areas, additional precautionary measures will be taken, isolating fueling equipment or storing the fuels outside the sensitive area to avoid spills, working with low weight-bearing equipment to minimize rutting and separating the top soil from the subsoil to protect the seed bank are all incorporated into the crossing plans.
Furthermore and when appropriate, utilization of "trench less" installation technologies, such as conventional bores or horizontal directional drills, where the pipe is installed by pushing and pulling the pipe through the soil with large equipment instead of digging a trench, are employed to minimize impacts. All of the techniques above are examples of how we intend to minimize impacts, but the above is not all inclusive. For a more detailed explanation of the plans to minimize impacts, please refer to the FERC Wetland and Waterbody Crossing Procedures and Rover Pipeline's site-specific crossing plans, which are part of the FERC filing and can be found on the FERC website under Docket Number CP15-93.