Pipeline builder fined $430,000 for West Virginia violations

FILE - This Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, shows a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline under construction near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. The Army has notified Congress Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the four-state project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois. The Army intends to allow the crossing under Lake Oahe as early as Wednesday, Feb. 8. The crossing is the final big chunk of work on the pipeline. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia regulators have issued a $430,000 fine for permit violations against a company building a 713-mile natural gas pipeline.
The Department of Environmental Protection announced the fine Tuesday against Rover Pipeline LLC, which is owned by Energy Transfer Partners. Under a consent order, the company agreed to immediately take measures to comply with its permit and state laws.
A DEP statement says among the violations found during inspections were a failure to maintain erosion controls, improperly installed silt fences and perimeter controls and abandoned construction debris. The inspections were conducted from May 2017 through April.
The statement says the violations caused sediment deposits on numerous streams.
The Rover Pipeline would transport 3.25 billion cubic feet (92 million cubic meters) of natural gas per day from processing plants in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania.