May 16th, 2017
Would you be pissed if this were your backyard?

Would you be pissed if this were your backyard?

My congressional representative Jim Bupkis* Renacci remains silent on the rogue fossil fuel company pissing on his constituents living along the scorched-scorched earth path of the Rover pipeline. This morning I learned two additional ways that Energy Transfer Partners is flipping the bird at Ohioans as workers gleefully bulldoze a path across the state, regardless of the wishes of property owners.

The first instance involves reneging on a payment to the Ohio Historical Society for leveling a historic home. Shane Hoover, reporting in Pipeline project owes $1.5 million, according to State Historic Preservation Office, but Rover vows to “vigorously defend itself.” for the Canton Repository, writes:

The Rover Pipeline hasn’t honored an agreement to pay for harm the project does to historic properties, according to the State Historic Preservation Office.

The dispute surfaced a week after state environmental regulators proposed penalizing Rover for construction mishaps and questioned whether the project is taking Ohio seriously as it rushes to finish the $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline.

In February, Rover agreed to pay the State Historic Preservation Office $1.5 million a year for five years. The money will fund statewide education for historic preservation.

Rover was supposed to make the first payment by March 1, but the bill remains unpaid, despite repeated contacts between the State Historic Preservation Office and Rover, according to an April 28 letter from the preservation office to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The letter was filed Friday on the FERC online docketing system.

The State Historic Preservation Office asked FERC, as the lead federal agency with jurisdiction over the project, to resolve the dispute.

“The matter’s now in FERC’s hands to decide what happens next,” said Emmy Beach, spokeswoman for Ohio History Connection, formerly the Ohio Historical Society.

The second instance involves that reported $431,000 fine levied against Energy Transfer Partners by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for dumping millions of gallons of (watch the video) goop.

Turns out that the fine was more of a request. Tim Rudell, reporting in Ohio EPA Penalties With The Rover Pipeline Builder Must Be Negotiated for WKSU, explains:

A week ago, there were widespread reports that Ohio EPA fined the owners of the Rover pipeline for environmental violations during ongoing construction of the natural gas transmission system across northern Ohio. But the fine was more a matter of definition.

OEPA did tell Rover’s parent corporation Energy Transfer that it will have to pay a penalty, in addition to cleaning up recent spills in Ohio, and change a number of its practices.

However, it did so not by levying fines or issuing directives. It proposed “administrative orders” that may be binding, but only after negotiations. James Lee is a spokesman for Ohio EPA.

“A fine has not yet been levied against Rover. Ohio EPA’s proposed administrative orders direct the company to pay appropriate civil penalties for destroying a category three wetland in Stark County, and other air and water violations. That enforcement case is ongoing. And the company has an opportunity to respond.”

That means, course, that Ohio taxpayer time and money will be expended negotiating a fine that very well may never be paid.

Thanks Bupkis.

*After extensive searches, I have been unable to determine what Renacci’s middle initial stands for. Until I can find a reliable reference to Renacci full name, Bupkis will do.


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