In this week's news, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has asked Energy Transfer Partners to stop HDD work under streams and highways on its Rover Pipeline project; and Elon Musk's The Boring Co. files application to start digging under Los Angeles


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has asked Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners to stop horizontal directional drilling operations under streams and highways on its Rover Pipeline project.

According to the Canton Repository newspaper, the request came after at Nov. 16 spill of about 200 gallons of slurry between Cleveland and Columbus.

Energy Transfer says HDD is under way or completed at 23 sites along the pipeline route. The company lists about 50 locations where HDD is needed, mostly in Ohio and Michigan.

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The 125-mile pipeline from Defiance north into Michigan and east into Ontario is expected to be in service by the end of the first quarter of 2018. The twin pipeline will carry natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica shales to the Midwest, Canada and the Gulf Coast.

The Boring Co. Files Application to Start Digging Under Los Angeles

The Boring Co., a firm created by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, has filed an application Thursday with Los Angeles officials seeking approval to begin digging within city limits, according to the city’s Bureau of Engineering.

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A Boring Co. spokesman said that the initial proposed route would start near Hawthorne and would “go along the 405 to Westwood, with a number of stops along the way.”

Musk’s tunnel would carry commuters on electric platforms that could reach speeds of up to 130 mph, a Boring Co. spokesman said, according to a story in the LA Times. The tunnel will be about 12 feet in diameter and will be funded “entirely with private money.”

The Bureau of Engineering and a spokesman for Mayor Eric Garcetti said they would not immediately release the permit application documents.

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