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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Landowners in Carroll and Wayne Counties Facing Lawsuits Over Utopia Pipeline

From The Canton Repository:
A Texas-based pipeline company has started to sue Ohio landowners who won’t let the company’s new pipeline cross their properties. 
Kinder Morgan says it can use eminent domain to take easements for its $500 million Utopia East pipeline. 
Earlier this month, Kinder Morgan filed 10 lawsuits against landowners in Carroll County and a dozen lawsuits against landowners in Wayne County. More court actions could be coming. 
“We do anticipate there will be some filings in Stark County and frankly across the route,” said Allen Fore, Kinder Morgan’s vice president of public affairs. 
Kinder Morgan wants to build 240 miles of new pipeline to carry propane and ethane from Cadiz to the Ohio-Michigan border west of Toledo. 
Locally, the proposed route for the 12-inch-diameter Utopia East pipeline crosses Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll counties. The pipeline would carry up to 50,000 barrels per day, but could be upgraded to ship more than 75,000 barrels per day.
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