Rover Pipeline paid more than $3 million in county taxes

STEUBENVILLE — The Rover Pipeline paid more than $3 million to Jefferson County in annual property taxes for 2018, with more than $69 million paid across the state, according to Energy Partners, the owner of the pipeline.

Across the full four-state project, the pipeline paid nearly $73 million in annual property taxes, and is anticipated to pay more than $180 million across the entire route in property taxes for 2019; taking into account the full operations of the pipeline going into service in the last quarter of 2018, the company reported.

The property taxes generated by the pipeline are paid to the local taxing authorities, which are then responsible for distributing the money based on the individual taxing guidelines set forth by each taxing jurisdiction or county. The property taxes are based on the actual value of the pipeline, which is the sum total of the materials used to build the pipeline, labor costs and other considerations. These taxes are paid annually while the pipeline is in service and are used to support local needs such as: Schools, libraries, roads, hospitals, health departments and senior citizen centers, according to Energy Partners.

Construction on the 713-mile pipeline was completed in sections with the first section going into operation in August 2017, and the full project going into service in November. Energy Partners reported the project is currently transporting an average of more than 3 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas from processing plants in West Virginia, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania to the Midwest Hub near Defiance for delivery to markets across the U.S., as well as to the Union Gas Dawn Storage Hub in Ontario.