On Friday, August 4, 2017, Rover Pipeline sent a letter to FERC that included claims of sabotage regarding diesel fuel found in a construction spill along the Tuscarawas River. The following statement can be attributed in full, or in part, to Heather Taylor-Miesle, Executive Director of the Ohio Environmental Council:
“Throughout the course of the Rover pipeline project, they've demonstrated a lack of respect for Ohioans and our environment. The multiple spills near the Tuscarawas River were tragic for these wetlands. Some experts suggest it could be decades before the wetlands recover - if ever. Any introduction of foreign contaminants into a pristine wetland is going to smother out foliage and aquatic wildlife.
“Claiming they were sabotaged or framed without any evidence whatsoever is merely another attempt for Rover to deflect blame and avoid owning up to the consequences of their actions. We are taught in kindergarten to clean up after ourselves, and Rover should remember this important childhood lesson.”