NEXUS Gas Transmission has federal approval to build its pipeline across Ohio, but it doesn’t hold rights to all of the land on the route.
So, the company has gone to court, where a group of landowners hit back this week with their own lawsuit against the pipeline.
NEXUS sued earlier this month to take temporary or permanent easements through eminent domain on 42 pieces of land in Stark, Summit, Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Sandusky, Wood and Erie counties.
In its federal lawsuit, NEXUS said it negotiated easements on 97 percent of some 2,000 properties and made final offers to holdouts in September, but those landowners rejected or failed to respond to the company’s proposals.
Many of the defendants are in Green, where landowners and the city have opposed the NEXUS project.
NEXUS asked the court to let it immediately take the easements and start construction. Under the company’s plan, a three-person commission would decide later how much the company owes landowners. NEXUS said it would post a bond to ensure the property owners are paid.Read the rest of that article by clicking here.
An Ohio city is refusing to end its legal fight to move a high-pressure natural gas pipeline away from a community of 25,000 people.
Officials in Green in southern Summit County are waging battles on different legal fronts against a partnership that has federal approval to begin construction of the $2 billion NEXUS pipeline.
The partnership of Calgary, Canada-based Enbridge and Detroit's DTE Energy is poised to build a 255-mile-long pipeline capable of transporting 1.5-billion cubic feet of gas per day from Appalachian shale fields across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Canada.
Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer says he'll keep fighting to get the pipeline moved "as long as there is hope."Click here to read that original article.
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