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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Green Going to Court in Fight Against NEXUS Pipeline

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
After months of silence on the city’s strategy to try to derail the controversial Nexus natural gas pipeline proposal, leaders announced their plans at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. They’re going to court. 
The city filed appeals with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s appeals board on Tuesday. They says its the region’s best chance rather than trying to convince the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to block the proposed 255-mile, $2.1 billion project. 
The mayor, law director and Council President Chris Humphrey made the announcement in response to concerns that the city had given up on its two-year battle against the pipeline. Thursby Road resident Joe Bologa and others questioned why the city didn’t try to block the FERC certificate of approval. 
The EPA action would affect communities in several Ohio counties including Summit, Stark, Medina and Wayne — all of which are in the proposed Nexus pipeline’s path to Canada. 
“Today the city of Green filed suit to vindicate our rights,” Humphrey said. “I think it’s very, very important that our citizens be given accurate information. There has been a lot of information that has gone out over email that has been terribly incorrect.”
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