The state has said Rover Pipeline and six subcontractors broke various regulations involving the release of stormwater, drilling fluid or water used in pressure-testing the 713-mile-long interstate natural gas pipeline.
Rover Pipeline and the subcontractors have argued that only the
There is no timetable for when the judge will make her ruling.
Rover Pipeline, comprising two 42-inch-diameter mainlines, transports up to 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the
Rover began partial operation in
The Attorney General first sued Rover in
Subcontractors named in the lawsuit are Pretec Directional Drilling,
The lawsuit alleged violations in more than a dozen counties across the state involving the discharge of sediment-laden stormwater, leaks and spills of clay-based drilling fluid or the release of water used to pressure-test the pipeline.
The biggest spill happened in
Workers later dumped the drilling fluid — tainted with diesel fuel — in quarries near water wells used by private residences and by the
The state has asked the court to order Rover Pipeline to comply with Ohio EPA’s orders and pay a civil penalty of up to $10,000 per day for each violation, as well as reimburse the Ohio EPA and pay the cost of the court action.
Toss it out?
Rover and its co-defendants have said the state’s lawsuit should be thrown out. The companies contend they had permits for the various discharges and releases cited by the state. The final written arguments on the motions to dismiss were filed in November.
“Those discharges are inevitable and foreseeable, which is why the parties planned for them in this construction project, just as they do in similar projects,” Rover’s attorneys wrote in court filings late last year.
The companies also have argued that federal law gives
“It is well-settled that, where
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