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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Medina County Judge: NEXUS Pipeline Surveyors Must Be Given Access to Properties of Resistant Landowners

A ruling has been handed down in the lawsuit that NEXUS Gas Transmission LLC filed against 113 landowners in Medina County, and in the end the judge in the case reached a decision that mirrors the decision of the majority of his counterparts in other Ohio counties.

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
A Medina County judge today gave Nexus Gas Transmission LLC permission to survey on private property for its $2 billion natural gas pipeline across northern Ohio. 
The decision was released by Judge Christopher Collier in a lawsuit filed last July by the Texas-based company against 113 Medina County landowners. 
Ohio law gives the company the authority to survey for a pipeline, even if landowners do not approve such access, Collier said. 
“While the court is sympathetic to the defendants’ arguments in this matter, the court is constyrained by the plain language of the statutes at issue in this matter,” Collier wrote in his 11-page decision. 
“The court cannot alter or re-write the statutory provisions at issue in the matter simply because they are not popular, as that is a matter to be addressed witht he Ohio Legislature,” he added.
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11 of 13 Ohio counties have now granted access to NEXUS surveyors in these types of cases.

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