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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

State Board Approves NRG Pipeline to Avon Lake Power Plant; Eminent Domain Battles Continue

From Gas & Oil:
Plans to construct a 20-mile pipeline to carry natural gas from rural Lorain County to a power plant in Avon Lake have been approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board. 
The board’s unanimous approval was the final step necessary for the project to move forward. The pipeline will start in southern Lorain County at a tap-in point on a gas line operated by Dominion East Ohio, just south of Grafton, before heading north to the lakefront. 
NRG is still involved in multiple eminent domain lawsuits with landowners that it needs easements from to construct the pipeline. Some of those landowners had tried to argue before the board, which temporarily delayed a decision on the project, that NRG hadn’t considered all possible routes and that it was being given an accelerated approval process in violation of state law. 
The board rejected those claims, saying NRG fully examined other routes, chose the one with the least environmental impact and met all criteria necessary for construction of a pipeline that will serve the public interest. 
The board said the pipeline will allow the power plant to remain operational and fulfill capacity obligations while contributing to the electric system.
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