Dismissal of Ohio Lawsuit Against Pipeline Company is Upheld

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CLEVELAND (AP) – An Ohio appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the state against a natural gas pipeline company over environmental violations.

The Fifth District Court of Appeals in Canton ruled this week the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency waived its right to enforce regulations when it failed to act within a year on Rover Pipeline LLC’s 2016 application for a water quality certification.

The state tried unsuccessfully to fine the company $2.3 million in 2017 for spilling millions of gallons of drilling fluid into two wetlands during pipeline construction. The state sued the company later that year.