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Monday, April 10, 2017

UTOPIA Pipeline Route Adjusted, Cancelling Eminent Domain Claims

From the Toledo Blade:
The pipeline company that plans to ship ethane from eastern Ohio to a chemical company in Windsor, Ont., has appeared to change strategies in the face of landowner objections, shifting the pipeline’s route around contested properties. 
Kinder Morgan, North America’s largest energy-infrastructure company, had petitioned Ohio courts in numerous counties to use eminent-domain rights to build its 12-inch Utopia East pipeline across dozens of properties whose owners refused to grant easements. That strategy hit a snag in October, when a Wood County Common Pleas Court judge rejected its eminent-domain rights claim, ruling that the pipeline is not necessary and not for a public use. 
That decision put on hold dozens of eminent-domain proceedings scattered throughout the 14 Ohio counties along the planned route, which stretches from the Utica Shale region up to a pipeline in Michigan that leads to Canada.

The ethane it is to transport would be used solely by NOVA Chemicals Corp., a Canadian firm.
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