STATE OF OHIO, EX REL., DAVE YOST, OHIO ATTORNEY GENERAL Plaintiff-Appellant
ROVER PIPELINE, LLC; PRETEC DIRECTIONAL DRILLING, LLC; MEARS GROUP, INC.;LANEY DIRECTIONAL DRILLING CO.; ATLAS TRENCHLESS, LLC; AND B & T DIRECTIONAL DRILLING, INC. Defendants-Appellees
from the Stark County Court of Common Pleas, Case No.
Plaintiff-Appellant DAVE YOST Ohio Attorney General AARON S.
FARMER JANEAN R. WEBER AMANDA M. FERGUSON Environmental
Enforcement Section Assistant Attorney General
Defendant-Appellee Mears Group, Inc., LLC FREDERIC
(“FRITZ”) X. SHADLEY DAVID A. MEYER
Defendant-Appellee Rover Pipeline, LLC STEPHEN H. DANIELS
MICHAEL S. MCMAHON McMahon DeGulis LLP
WILLIAM S. SCHERMAN (pro hac vice admitted) DAVID DEBOLD (pro
hac vice admitted) JASON FLEISCHER (pro hac vice admitted)
RUTH PORTER (pro hac vice admitted) Gibson, Dunn &
Defendant-Appellee B & T Directional Drilling Inc.
J. KEATING Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA For Amicus Curiae
RICHARD C. SAHLI Richard Sahli Law Office, LLC NATHAN D.
Defendant-Appellee Laney Directional Drilling Co. THOMAS A.
KNOTH J. WRAY BLATTNER Thompson Hine LLP
Defendant-Appellee Pretec Directional Drilling, LLC JOSEPH P.
KONCELIK ANTHONY R. PETRUZZI MELISSA Z. KELLY Tucker Ellis
Defendant-Appellee Atlas Trenchless, LLC PHILIPS J.
VALLAKALIL Atlas Trenchless, LLC
L. MURPHY J. JEFFREY LANDEN MICHAEL S. JONES MURPHY LANDEN
JUDGES: Hon. William B. Hoffman, P.J. Hon. John W. Wise, J.
Hon. Patricia A. Delaney, J.
Appellant State of Ohio, ex rel. Dave Yost, Ohio Attorney
General, appeals the judgment of the Stark County Common
Pleas Court dismissing its complaint against Appellees Rover
Pipeline, LLC; Mears Group, Inc.; Pretec Directional
Drilling, LLC; Laney Directional Drilling Co.; Atlas
Trenchless, LLC; and B&T Directional Drilling, Inc.
OF THE CASE AND FACTS
On July 19, 2018, Appellant filed a third amended complaint,
the dismissal of which is the entry appealed from in the
instant action. The complaint alleged Appellees illegally
discharged millions of gallons of drilling fluids into
Ohio's waters, causing pollution and degrading water
quality across the state during construction of the Rover
Pipeline, a 713-mile interstate natural gas pipeline crossing
18 Ohio counties. Appellee Rover was the owner/operator of
the drilling operation for construction of the pipeline. The
remaining Appellees were subcontractors hired by Rover to
perform horizontal-directional drilling related to
construction of the pipeline. Appellant sought civil
penalties and injunctive relief.
Specifically, Appellant's complaint alleged the
Count one: Appellees discharged pollutants (drilling fluids)
into the waters of the state without point ...