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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

NEXUS Pipeline Upgrade in Green Brings Blowback

From the Akron Beacon Journal:
An $8.5 million project to replace a half-mile of the Nexus pipeline is fueling criticism even before an excavator breaks ground at the Green site. 
Enbridge, the company that owns and operates the natural gas line, notified Green officials last week it would replace pipeline in the section less than a year after the gas began flowing. The project is expected to begin by Oct. 1. 
The pipeline was completed last year despite ardent opposition from opponents in Green and other areas along its 255-mile route. A Medina County-based group, for instance, claimed in April that emissions at the Nexus Wadsworth Compressor Station were harmful to public health. 
Enbridge and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency officials denied the allegations and said the station was operating according to acceptable standards. Sustainable Medina County said, however, that it would continue to monitor the station. 
Green Councilman Steve Dyer, a vocal opponent of the pipeline and a critic of the city’s $7 million settlement with Enbridge, said recent events have stoked his fears after hearing of the company’s plans in Green.
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