Emergency response agencies in Wood, Hancock and Seneca counties have received $10,000 each from the company that is constructing the Rover natural gas pipeline through four states.
Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners said it will donate $180,000 to emergency management agencies in 18 counties being crossed by the pipeline.
“We are planning on a drone project, if approved, or for equipment for first responders,” said Lee Swisher, director of the Hancock County Emergency Management Agency.
The Wood County Emergency Management Agency will use the donation for communication improvements for Wood County fire and EMS departments and the sheriff’s communication center, said Bradley Gilbert, director of the Wood County Emergency Management Agency.
Seneca County is looking at new equipment for first responders.
The $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline extends from West Virginia to Michigan. The twin pipelines will carry natural gas from Appalachian shale fields to Canada and states in the Midwest and the South.
The pipeline goes through the northeastern part of Hancock County as well as portions of Wood and Seneca counties.
The pipeline construction is almost 95 percent complete. A portion of the pipeline began operation at the end of August. The full line is anticipated to be in service by the end of the first quarter of 2018, the company said.