Friday, February 9, 2018

City of Green Takes Money, Gives Up NEXUS Pipeline Fight

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
The Green City Council voted 4-3 Wednesday to drop the city’s legal challenges and accept money, land and other conditions to allow the Nexus natural gas pipeline to travel through the city. 
About 100 people attended a standing-room-only meeting — the third special meeting the council held to discuss the Nexus offer. 
All but one of 19 residents who addressed the council spoke against the agreement that includes $7.5 million in cash, around-the-clock monitoring of the pipeline and 20 acres west of Boettler Park that the city can use to extend a trail from the park to Koons or Thursby roads. 
Justin Leonti of East Nimisila Road said he wanted the council to continue the fight against the Nexus project. He scoffed at the money portion of the deal, saying Nexus would recoup the $7.5 million in 4½ hours of gas flowing through the Green portion of the line.
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