• By Shane Hoover

Federal regulators want more information on fluid spill in Stark.


Rover Pipeline’s spill of 2 million gallons of drilling fluid in a local wetland led the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday to halt similar construction work elsewhere on the pipeline route.

Energy Transfer is building the $4.2 billion interstate natural gas pipeline across Ohio. Where Rover’s route crosses highways and rivers, construction teams drill a path horizontally underground so as not to disturb surface activity.

As workers drilled beneath the Tuscarawas River south of Navarre on April 13, approximately 2 million gallons of fluid released and coated 6.5 acres of wetland vegetation and soil with drill cuttings and bentonite clay, a substance used to lubricate the drill.

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