May 24th, 2017

So, most mornings I post one new pipeline story to my running Keep Carbon In The Ground page, but this morning my news feed gushered.

First up is this story from Taylor McKinnon at The Center For Biological Diversity—Public Records Sought Over Rover Pipeline’s Compliance With Environmental Laws. McKinnon writes:

The Center for Biological Diversity today filed four public records requests to state and federal agencies demanding disclosure of environmental compliance documents relating to the Rover pipeline in Ohio. The natural gas pipeline is owned by Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Earlier this month the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission halted construction of unbuilt pipeline sections and required a doubling of environmental inspectors after 18 spills were reported. One of the spills released about 2 million gallons of drilling fluid into a pristine wetland along the Tuscarawas River south of Akron.

“Wildlife, including endangered species, can’t afford more spills and environmental disasters,” said Taylor McKinnon, with the Center. “We rely on state and federal agencies to protect us from these kinds of incidents, but clearly that didn’t happen with the Rover pipeline.”

Today’s requests target records relating to Endangered Species Act compliance in connection with all phases of the Rover pipeline construction and operation from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Ohio EPA.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, 30 species protected under the federal Endangered Species Act live in Ohio, many of which are dependent on streams, rivers and wetlands that could be harmed by the pipeline or associated fracking spills.

The second story comes from Larry Stine reporting for television station WMFD in Mansfield, Ohio. Reading a prepared public relations release from Energy Transfer Partners (despoiler of both the Rover and Dakota Access pipelines) over video showing the rabid destruction of Ohio farmland sacrificed to ETP profits, Stine offers no new information, but provides a visual reminder of what we’re dealing with.

The third story moves west: Two More Spills for Dakota Access Pipeline where sieve, er pipeline, has dumped 104 gallons of oil on North Dakota land. Before you dismiss such a small amount, consider how you would feel if a pickup truck stopped in front of your home and a worker proceeded to open and dump 104 gallon jugs of used motor oil on your lawn. These spills add up.

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