Bob Downing

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will hold five public information sessions about preliminary air permits for seven compressor stations along the planned Rover Pipeline across northern Ohio.

The stations are planned in Wayne, Carroll, Crawford, Defiance, Harrison, Monroe and Noble counties.

The $4.2 billion pipeline would move natural gas from Ohio’s Utica Shale to Michigan and Ontario.

Critics say compressor stations are noisy and pose a risk to neighbors from escaping natural gas and other chemicals. The industry maintains such stations are needed to transport natural gas in pipelines.

The Rover Pipeline, advanced by Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners, would be 711 miles in length and extend into Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The main Ohio leg would be 204.5 miles. The project calls for two pipes, both 42 inches in diameter.

The project is under review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

Locally, the pipeline would cross southern Stark and Wayne counties.

The Wayne County compressor station would be in Wooster.

The public meeting in Wayne County will be at 6 p.m. June 16 at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center’s Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Ave., Wooster Township.

The compressor station locations, along with their respective public meeting dates and locations, are:

• Beallsville (Monroe County) and Summerfield (Noble County): 6 p.m. June 14 at Monroe Central High School, 469 Lewisville Rd., Woodsfield.

• Chatfield Township (Crawford County): 6 p.m. June 15 at Buckeye Central High School, 938 S. Kibler St., New Washington.

• Cadiz (Harrison County) and Sherrodsville (Carroll County): 6 p.m. June 21 at Harrison North Elementary Barr Memorial Gymnasium, 322 W. Main St., Scio.

• Defiance (Defiance County): 6 p.m. June 22 at Defiance College Schomburg Auditorium, 701 North Clinton St., Defiance.

Citizens may testify at the public hearings or submit comments in writing to Ohio EPA prior to the close of the public comment periods. Copies of the draft permits and information on how to submit comments (including deadlines) are available online at http://epa.ohio.gov/pic/roverpipeline.aspx or by contacting Ohio EPA’s Public Interest Center at 614-644-2160.

If issued, the final permits would allow the installation and operation of equipment associated with the compressor stations, which produce air emissions.

Before issuing the draft permits, Ohio EPA reviewed the company’s applications to ensure that the proposed emissions would comply with federal and state air pollution control standards, and protect human health and the environment.

The Ohio EPA does not have regulatory authority over issues such as siting; eminent domain; setbacks to homes, schools and businesses; noise levels; traffic; zoning; pipeline safety; or impacts on property values.

An Ohio EPA fact sheet detailing the agency’s role in issuing air permits and considerations related to natural gas compressor station emissions can be viewed online at: http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/47/nr/CompressorStations.pdf.

Bob Downing can be reached at 330-996-3745 or bdowning@thebeaconjournal.com.