Proposed ‘Rover’ pipeline to cross northern Washington County

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Maps for a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that will cross a portion of northern Washington County are being made available at Citizens Library in Washington.


The announcement was made this week by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Library staff members said Wednesday the maps were not yet available.


ETP announced in late June it will build its ET Rover Pipeline, an interstate project designed to transport natural gas from processing facilities located in the Marcellus and Utica Shale areas to market regions in the United States and Canada.


ET spokeswoman Vicki Granado said Wednesday she could not confirm the exact location of the pipeline in Washington County because surveys have not been completed.


“There won’t be a final route until all the surveys are completed,” Granado said, adding when surveys are complete, they will be submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for approval.


The 850-mile Rover Pipeline Project is designed to transport up to 3.25 billion cubic feet per day of domestically produced natural gas. The first 400 miles of the project will enable the flow of gas from processing plants and interconnections in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio to point of interconnection with Energy Transfer’s existing Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line and other Midwest pipeline interconnects near Defiance, Ohio.


The company said in a news release the $4.3 billion project will create a temporary workforce of up to 10,000 construction jobs and an estimated $153 million in tax revenue paid yearly to the states and counties crossed by the pipeline while it is in operation.


Shippers in the project will also be able to transport to “Trunkline Zone 1A” delivery points via the interconnection with ETP’s Panhandle Eastern Pipeline, to access existing and new industrial markets and potential liquefaction export markets in the Gulf Coast.


Additionally, the project expects to construct a 195-mile segment from the Defiance, Ohio, area through Michigan and ultimately to the Union Gas Hub, near Sarnia, Canada, providing producers with access to diverse markets and end-users in Michigan and Canada with access to Marcellus and Utica supplies.


One of those producers, Range Resources, announced in late June it signed an agreement to be a foundation shipper on the pipeline that will enable it to move natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to Dawn, Ontario, and south to the Gulf Coast. Range, which last year began shipping ethane on the Mariner West Pipeline to Sarnia, said it has agreed to transport up to 400,000 million btu per day for 20 years on the Rover pipeline starting in October 2017.


The other two major shippers committed to the Rover project are American Energy–Utica and Antero Resources.


The maps are available at Citizens Library, 55 S. College St., in either the adult reference department or public documents area, and are for reference only.


Additional information on the project can be found on the ET Rover Pipeline website at www.energytransfer.com/ops_etrover.aspx or by calling the project’s toll-free number at 1-888-844-3718.


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