FERC has approved Energy Transfer Partners’ requests to remove the drill stem from the bore-hole at the Middle Island Creek HDD and to install a casing to prevent the hole from collapsing as part of the Rover Pipeline Project. However, the company’s request to resume horizontal directional drilling activities was denied.
According to FERC’s Rich McGuire, resuming horizontal directional drilling activities on the project is contingent on the following:
- The independent third party contractor’s analysis of all drilling activity at the Tuscarawas River HDD
- The independent third party contractor’s recommended plan detailing the measures that Rover can put into place to ensure that the same level of impacts do not occur on the other HDDs during project construction
The Rover Pipeline Project includes 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 transport up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of domestically-produced 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, which includes a broader network of distribution points back into the U.S.
The project is expected to be operational in November 2017.