In this week's news, Energy Transfer Partners can resume directional drilling on its Rover Pipeline project, PennEast Pipeline is looking at directional drilling to complete part of its pipeline and a city in Georgia is taking on pipe bursting to rehabilitate its sewers in a large project


After months of being shut down, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has lifted a moratorium on horizontal directional drilling against Energy Transfer Partners LP’s Rover Pipeline.

In a letter issued Sept. 18, FERC authorized Rover to resume HDD activities at nine sites where work had been suspended following a roughly 2 million gallon drilling fluids spill in Stark County, Ohio, earlier this year.

The moratorium has delayed portions of the 710-miles natural gas pipeline project.

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FERC also says it’s still investigating the spill over the presence of diesel fuel in the drilling mud. Energy Transfer Partners has hired an independent HDD specialist to provide analysis and recommendations.

The company plans to finish construction on Rover by the fourth quarter.

PennEast Pipeline Eyeing Directional Drilling for River Crossing

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PennEast Pipeline Co. would use directional drilling as part of its project of the water crossing permits are approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The company submitted applications Sept. 19, moving it one step closer to building a 120-mile natural gas pipeline from northeast Pennsylvania to Mercer County, New Jersey.

One of the water crossings would run under the Delaware River and canal in Riegelsville and Durham, in the far northern corner of Bucks County. Crews would enter the ground using a directional drill at about 1,200 feet west of the river, pass under State Route 611 and two other roads, and emerge 1,100 feet east of the river in New Jersey.

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Georgia City to Undertake Pipe Bursting in Sewer System Overhaul

The city of Warrenton, Georgia, will use pipe bursting to rehabilitate approximately 5,264 linear feet of clay sewer lines throughout the city as part of a $830,000 project.

The city will install approximately 400 linear feet of new 8-inch sewer lines and rehabilitation 25 manholes, according to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The DCA awarded Warrenton a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant to cover a majority of the project.

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