FERC has approved Energy Transfer Partners request to conduct non-mechanized tree felling associated with the Rover Pipeline Project in upland areas.
According to FERC, trees must be felled in a manner so as to avoid obstruction of flow, rutting, and sedimentation of wetlands and waterbodies, as described in correspondence received from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The tree felling must also occur within the allotted construction time window for federally-listed bats and migratory birds, which expires on March 31, 2017.
The Rover Pipeline Project consists of new interstate pipeline and related facilities extending from the Appalachian supply area to a proposed interconnection with Vector Pipeline, LP in Livingston County, Michigan. The Rover Pipeline will deliver up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas to markets in the Midwest, Northeast, East Coast, Gulf Coast and Canada, with direct deliveries to Ohio, West Virginia, Michigan, and into the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.