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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Groups Call For Investigation Into Letters to FERC in Support of NEXUS Pipeline

From Cleveland Scene:
The public comment period for the NEXUS pipeline's environmental impact statement has ended, and opponents of the project are crying foul. Banding together, representatives from multiple groups are requesting an investigation into what they deem to be hundreds of forged letters of public comment — all in support of the pipeline project. 
Michigan resident Paul Wohlfarth spent much of the last month investigating letters from 14 people that praise the pipeline(which is set to run in part through Lorain and Medina counties). He said he contacted those people listed as the authors, and what he learned cast doubts upon the record of public comment. In all, Wohlfarth flagged "possibly 200 comment statements" of dubious origin.

"This is an extremely serious matter," attorney Terry Lodge wrote in a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week. "In one instance, the party purportedly signing the letter has been deceased since 1998."
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