Energy Transfer Founder Says Wrong Information was Used in Call for Investigation of His Pipeline

Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren, the man behind the Dakota Access pipeline and the failed merger with Tulsa’s Williams Companies is telling two members of congress they used inaccurate information to call for an investigation of his latest pipeline venture.

Warren’s founder of Energy Transfer Partners LP and responded to Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington and Rep. Frank Pallone of New Jersey, both Democrats. The two want the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to probe construction of the $4.2 billion Rover natural gas line between Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Warren told both he believes the investigation they have proposed is “both unprecedented and unnecessary.”

Their call for the probe came after the Ohio EPA took action against the pipeline project in the last few months. Ohio fined ETP $400,000 in May over the discovery of 18 spills of the drilling fluid used for boring under streams and rivers.

Warrell called them “inadvertent returns” which are common in pipeline construction.
“We are quite confident that the volume of the inadvertent return is significantly less than you suggest.”