Rover Pipeline

The Rover Pipeline LLC works at a location on State Route 545 near Crall Road. (File Photo.) 

MANSFIELD -- The Richland County Emergency Management Agency and Crawford County Emergency Management Agency will have $10,000 more in their respective funds next week.

Mike Bailey, Director of the Richland County Emergency Management Agency, said the agencies will meet Wednesday Nov. 29, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. at the Richland County Emergency Management Agency, 597 Park Avenue East in Mansfield for a joint check presentation from Rover Pipeline officials.

The emergency response departments in the 27 counties across Ohio that the Rover Pipeline crosses will each receive a $10,000 donation, Bailey said. Each respective county will use the donations to support emergency response operations.

Rover Pipeline has been embroiled in controversy this year.

Ohio Attorney General Michael DeWine took actiowere dumped into wetlands near Amoy-Pavonia Road in Mifflin Township in eastern Richland County n against the Rover Pipeline LLC earlier this month, filing a lawsuit against the Houston-based company that’s building a 713-mile, $4.2 billion pipeline through Ohio and neighboring states.

On Nov. 3, DeWine filed the lawsuit with the Stark County Common Pleas Court, alleging Rover has caused pollution and degraded Ohio’s water quality by discharging millions of gallons of drilling fluids and sediment-laden stormwater into the water on numerous occasions in numerous counties, including Richland County.

The lawsuit mentions an April 14 incident, where an estimated 50,000 gallons of drilling fluids were dumped into wetlands near Amoy-Pavonia Road in Mifflin Township in eastern Richland County by crews working on the Rover Pipeline. At that time, the Richland Source reported, it was a result of a horizontal directional drilling (HDD) related to construction.

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