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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NEXUS Pipeline Sues Landowners For Access to Land

From The Medina County Gazette:
The NEXUS Gas Transmission Pipeline has filed a lawsuit against the owners of four properties in Medina County, saying they repeatedly “refuse to grant NEXUS access” to survey their land. The company’s lawsuit asks a judge to allow access to conduct survey work. 
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Medina County Common Pleas Court. In response on Tuesday at the Medina County commissioners’ regular weekly meeting, a leader of a local citizens organization asked county officials to help pay for the four landowners’ legal expenses. 
Paul Gierosky, of York Township, requested $25,000 to cover “current and future legal expenses of property owners in Medina County being sued by NEXUS.” 
The NEXUS project, proposed by Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., would construct a 36-inch natural gas pipeline from Columbiana County through Medina County, into Michigan and then Canada. 
NEXUS has been attempting to survey privately owned properties in five Medina County townships, but has met resistance from many residents. At public meetings, residents have voiced concerns about environmental risks of the pipeline, safety issues and how its construction would affect future property values.
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