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Judge tosses Ohio's lawsuit against gas pipeline developer

FILE - This Sept. 29, 2016, file photo, shows a section of the Dakota Access Pipeline under construction near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. The Army has notified Congress Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, that it will allow the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota, completing the four-state project to move North Dakota oil to Illinois. The Army intends to allow the crossing under Lake Oahe as early as Wednesday, Feb. 8. The crossing is the final big chunk of work on the pipeline. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has tossed out a lawsuit Ohio filed against the developers of a $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline that stretches from West Virginia to Michigan.
The lawsuit sought to force the builders of the Rover Pipeline to pay fines for what Ohio regulators said were numerous water pollution violations during the pipeline’s construction.
A county judge in Canton ruled earlier this week that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency had waived its right to regulate construction under the Clean Water Act.
Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners argued it was up to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to enforce environmental laws during construction.
A spokesman for the Ohio attorney general’s office tells The Repository in Canton the state is reviewing the decision and is considering its next step.
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Information from: The Repository, http://www.cantonrep.com