Notices of Violation (NOV) Tracker
Equitrans believes it is equally important to be transparent when we do not live up to our expectations, and especially so when we do not meet federal, state, or local requirements for environmental compliance. To ensure transparency, Equitrans Midstream is disclosing all of our formal notices of non-compliance, or notices of violation (NOV), in a comprehensive and accessible manner through our “NOV Tracker.” Through routine disclosure, our NOV Tracker will allow us to be measured not just by the words we use, but by the actions we take.
Environmental Notices of Violation Issued per Year by Type
|Year||Administrative||Air||Erosion & Sedimentation Controls||Erosion Event||Inadvertent Return||Plugging / Abandonment||Release||Waste||Total|
Notices of Violation Issued per Year
Penalties Paid per Year
- Mountain Valley Pipeline NOVs not included
- 2018 Data is 11/11/2018 to 12/31/2018 to represent activity after split from EQT
Environmental Notices of Violation Issued per Year by State
Environmental Notices of Violation Issued per Year by Category
Pipeline Mileage by State
Pipeline Safety Enforcement Actions
|Year||Enforcement Actions**||Penalties Paid per Year||Agency Audits|
- This summary provides all relevant enforcement actions due to non-compliance issued by a governmental agency. We are including all environmental NOVs received by Equitrans or fines paid by the Company after November 13, 2018, our first date as a stand-alone entity. Pipeline safety enforcement actions include NOVs, NOAs (Notices of Amendment), and Warning Letters from state utility commissions and the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA).
- Based on their respective oversight functions, there is a difference in federal, state, and local governmental authorities’ enforcement and implementation of non-compliance notices – from warning letters, to NOVs, to formal consent agreements – therefore, there is also a difference between how non-compliance actions are undertaken, the terminology employed, how fines and penalties are levied, if at all, and commitments for future remedial actions. Our NOV tracker captures these different enforcement actions and aggregates them based on their functionality, even if the nomenclature slightly varies.
- Equitrans respects the professional judgment and efforts of all governmental authorities that have oversight of our operations. There are times; however, that we may disagree with a claim of non-compliance or an enforcement action taken by an agency in a specific situation. When that occurs, Equitrans will cooperate with the governmental agency and address our objections consistent with the due process provisions afforded in the respective jurisdiction. To meet the requirements of transparency, we will include disputed non-compliance matters within our NOV Tracker until the matter is resolved.
- There are many times our facilities are inspected or observed and there are no issues of non-compliance identified; these are not included in the NOV Tracker summary. The summary will provide all formal notices of non-compliance by a governmental agency, rather than include a full listing of all compliance inspections and observations. The only exception is pipeline safety inspections, which are listed in the “Pipeline Safety Enforcement Actions” table.