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Setbacks to continue for Rover pipeline?

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On 7 July, over 100 individuals gathered at the YMCA's Camp Birkett in Michigan (USA) to protest construction of the Rover pipeline.

The children’s camp is located approximately 400 ft from the pipeline’s planned centerline, which has been the cause of residential concern and opposition.

Ann Arbor (Michigan) resident, Matt Grocoff, attended the protest, declaring: "My daughter goes to Camp Birkett and it's shameful how close the walk is from here to there.”

The pipeline site being in close proximity to the camp is not the only concern. Protesters are also apprehensive about the potential environmental impacts the project could cause, as well as the threats to Ann Arbor’s drinking water.

The 713 mile, 42 in. dia. pipeline will transport natural gas from West Virginia to Michigan. The pipeline has been federally approved and the operator, Energy Transfer Partners, has expressed that safety is a priority.

Spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners, Alexis Daniel, noted: "It is always our goal to work closely with affected landowners, governments and the neighbouring communities to foster long-term relationships and build the pipeline in the safest, most environmentally friendly manner possible."

The pipeline is set to be in operation by November 2017.

Daniel stated: "The Phase 1 section of the Rover pipeline from Cadiz (Ohio) to Defiance (Ohio) is expected to be in service in July. […] We do not anticipate any delays to the November 2017 in-service date on Phase 2."

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