The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission today approved the NEXUS pipeline project and its environment impact on Ohio communities. (The pipeline will also travel through Michigan to Canada; it was approved in its entirety.)
As far as Northeast Ohio is concerned, the pipeline is planned to run through fairly dense, almost suburban portions of Stark, Summit, Medina and Lorain counties. The 36-inch pipeline covers 256 miles, all told.Read that whole article by clicking here.
The FERC environmental impact statement admits there will be "some adverse environmental impacts." The commission will establish an environmental compliance inspection program as the NEXUS project continues, watching for parent company Spectra Energy's compliance with environmental regulations.
The NEXUS project has encountered no shortage of opposition in Ohio. Despite court rulings on lawsuits that were filed to block NEXUS surveyors from doing their jobs in some communities which shot down those efforts, the community of Green continues to threaten surveyors with arrest if they go on properties where landowners have not given permission in order to do their jobs.
From the Times Reporter:
Surveyors for NEXUS Gas Transmission may be charged with trespassing if they try to survey land in the city without the permission of the landowner or a judge.
The city’s Law Department sent NEXUS a cease-and-desist letter Friday after learning the company planned to survey properties this week in southern Summit County.
NEXUS wants to build a 36-inch-diameter pipeline through Summit and Stark counties to carry 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Utica and Marcellus shale regions. Spectra Energy and DTE Energy are partners in the project.
The city of Green and individual landowners have fought the proposed pipeline route. Two lawsuits over whether NEXUS has the right to survey property without the permission of landowners are pending in Summit County Common Pleas Court.The rest of that article is available by clicking here.
Meanwhile, WKYC reports on the efforts that are still being made to conduct the needed surveys for the project:
Sources say between 40 and 50 Summit County residents were notified surveyors and armed guards with the NEXUS Pipeline might try to come on properties beginning Monday.
In Summit County, the proposed pipeline might snake through two cities, Green and New Franklin.
A letter sent to some residents by attorney David Mucklow, details the plans and asks residents impacted to “not consent even if threatened.”
The letter is all about continuing efforts to put a massive high-pressure pipeline underground.
Click here to view that report on the WKYC website.
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