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Ohioans Fighting Natural Gas Pipeline Construction

Dec 12, 2016

Proposed Nexus pipeline route
Credit michiganradio.org

Ohio residents trying to convince a company to build a high-pressure natural gas pipeline away from their properties say they'll engage in delaying tactics to hold off construction, after a federal agency dismissed their suggested alternate routes.

NEXUS Gas Transmission is in the final regulatory stages before starting construction next year on the 2 billion dollar, 255-mile-long pipeline from the Utica and Marcellus shale formations in Appalachia across Ohio and into Michigan and Canada. Residents and city officials in Medina and Summit counties say they'll not allow surveyors on or sell easements for their properties until a judge says they must. Some wonder how they can be forced to provide land in the U.S. for a pipeline that will benefit Canadian companies and residents.