The Rover Pipeline, which when completed will run from Washington County in southeast Ohio to Defiance in the northwest, was the source of a major spill. More than 2 million gallons of drilling mud was dumped into two Ohio wetlands. While the mud is naturally occurring, experts say the spill could be detrimental to the ecosystems of the already depleted wetland ecosystems.
Wetlands are crucial to the health of the environment, serving as natural incubators and purifiers, but over 90 percent of Ohio's wetlands have disappeared over the past several decades due to human activity. Today we'll take a look at how pipelines impact the environment, what will be done as a result of the spill and the state of Ohio's wetlands.