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Agency Reviewing Proposed Pipeline Paperwork

By Staff | Apr 27, 2016

SISTERSVILLE – A proposed natural gas pipeline that will cross through Tyler County is moving closer to fruition.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is reviewing the Rover Pipeline LLC plans. Estimated costs now reach $4.4 billion, an additional $100 million from the previous $4.3 billion projection.

The pipeline is designed to transport up to 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas through 36″ and 42″ diameter pipeline.

The company submitted environmental impact statements to FERC in March and April.

Rover Spokeswoman Alexis Daniel said the company anticipates receiving the construction authorization from FERC in the fourth quarter instead of the third quarter this year. This does not change its in-service date to Defiance, Ohio by the second quarter 2017. The in-service date to the Vector/Dawn Hub is November 2017, she said.

“We continue to work closely with the FERC to provide any assistance they may need to further the Rover project,” she said.

If FERC approves the project, approximately 23 miles of the Rover Pipeline will be located in Tyler County, Daniel said.

“Rover Pipeline’s top priority is to the safety and operation of our pipeline,” she said. “Transmission pipelines like Rover are the safest way to transport natural gas. Rover will meet or exceed state and federal safety requirements and utilize the most advanced safety technology in the industry, including visual and non-destructive x-ray inspections, around-the-clock electronic monitoring and automated shutoff valves.”

Rover officials hope to begin construction in 2016, with plans to start moving fuel through the pipeline by the end of the year. Information from Rover states the project will result in 30-40 full-time jobs, $100 million in payments to landowners for the right to place the pipeline on their property, and about $1 billion worth of wages for the contractors building the project via 10,000 temporary construction jobs.

The pipeline’s proposed route includes a 36-inch run from Doddridge County north through Tyler County, under the Ohio River to Monroe County, and north to connect with a 42-inch pipeline running from Noble County, Ohio through northern Monroe County.

This 42-inch line will run from the Clarington area, north through Belmont County.

At this point, a 24-inch pipeline that travels west and under the Ohio River from Marshall County will connect with the 42-inch line in the Jacobsburg area of Belmont County. From there, the 42-inch line heads northwest through the St. Clairsville area and into Harrison County.

The 42-inch line continues north into Carroll County.

At that point, the 42-inch line will collect gas from a 36-inch line running west from northern Washington County, Pa., through Hancock County, under the Ohio River, and across Jefferson and Harrison counties. From that point, the map shows the Rover Pipeline will cut northwest across the Ohio countryside until it reaches the company’s Midwest hub in Defiance, Ohio. From there, the line continues north into Michigan and ultimately into Ontario, Canada.

Accompanying any interstate pipeline will be compressor stations, which can produce air pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde. Companies typically place compressor stations every 40-to-100 miles along the line to propel the material along its journey. At the station, the gas is compressed by either a turbine, motor or engine.

Intelligencer reporter Casey Junkins contributed to this report.