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Rover Pipeline donates $270K to local first responders

Construction continues in the Ohio Valley for the 713 mile-long Rover Pipeline, a natural-gas pipeline that crosses northern Ohio on its route from Canada to West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Construction continues in the Ohio Valley for the 713 mile-long Rover Pipeline, a natural-gas pipeline that crosses northern Ohio on its route from Canada to West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Right now, construction can be seen happening across the Ohio Valley. A section of the Rover Pipeline will be built in Marshall County just off Route 2 in McMechen.

First responders are benefiting from its construction. Rover representatives say this pipeline will benefit the U.S. even more.

"Right now, the gas we are collecting didn't have a way to get to market and so we are happy to provide that connection,” said Energy Transfer Communications Specialist Alexis Daniel.

Pipeline representatives presented checks to areas in Tyler, Wetzel, Marshall and Hancock Counties for $10,000 each - a donation for first responders.

"We like to work with them on an ongoing basis, and we have met with them before construction started and we are meeting now again before we are operational,” Daniel said. “Making sure safety is their first goal and we are working together to try and achieve those goals and make sure everyone is on the same page.”

The pipeline will handle Marcellus and Utica shale production and reach areas across the U.S. and Canada.

Rover Pipeline donated $270,000 to first responders in 27 areas, but they say it's just the start of a good relationship they hope to build in the communities where the pipeline is located.

"We are donating this money as part of our commitment to be good neighbors along the route," Daniel said.

Marshal County Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Hart said they will allocate their donation based on their needs.

"We have a couple ideas how we may use the donation, but we will sit down and go through what the needs are and do an assessment on what we can use the funds for,” Hart said.

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