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.Click here to continue reading this article.
11 of 13 Ohio counties have now granted access to NEXUS surveyors in these types of cases.
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