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File. Wood County EMA Director Brad Gilbert.

The Wood County Emergency Management Agency, along with others along the 700-mile Rover Pipeline, is accepting a $10,000 grant from the company.

Brad Gilbert, the county EMA director, reported on the grant at Thursday's Wood County commissioners meeting.

Gilbert said Rover Pipeline is donating $10,000 to the EMA to support the needs of local first responders.

After the meeting, he said that the money will most likely be put toward upgrading area fire department radios, from VHS to MARCS, which is a multi-agency radio communication system.

Gilbert said he wasn't hesitant to accept the money from Rover Pipeline, which is being sued by the state of Ohio.

If it had only been offered to Wood County, and not to all the EMAs affected by the pipeline, he said he may have reconsidered.

"It's a great opportunity to help the first responders locally," Gilbert said.

According to a November Associated Press story, twin pipelines are being built across Ohio to carry natural gas from Appalachian shale fields to Canada and states in the Midwest and the South.

Much of the 700-mile pipeline is being built across Ohio and will extend into Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

That AP story reported that Ohio is suing Rover, which is building the $4.2 billion natural gas pipeline, over what it says are numerous water pollution violations during construction.

The lawsuit filed Nov. 10 says work on the Rover Pipeline flooded a protected wetland with drilling mud and has damaged the environment in more than 10 of the 18 Ohio counties where the pipeline is being built.

There will be a check presentation with Rover Pipeline representatives on Nov. 28 at the Wood County Courthouse. Representatives from Seneca and Hancock counties will also be there for their check presentations.

Gilbert also told the commissioners that the EMA office is preparing the new two-year contract for 2018-19 for the political subdivisions in the county. The contracts, which will not have a price increase, will be mailed out in January.

The contracts bring in $68,763 in revenue.

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