FERC has ordered Nexus to “investigate” whether a route can be provided which will not go through the more densely populated areas such as Green, Ohio. However, the notion that it is to be “investigated” does not give solace if Nexus simply determines that the present route is the only appropriate route balancing the expenses and potential risks. One must wait to determine whether FERC will really move in a fashion that protects the individual property owners, something that certainly has not occurred to date.
The company has been looking at a possible southern alternative route of its own, although no details have been released.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which approves such pipeline projects, filed its directive to the company in a memo Tuesday — a day after Green pitched the alternative route in a 38-page filing with the agency.
When FERC will make its decision about what route it will approve has not been determined.
The Nexus pipeline — intended to move natural gas from the Utica Shale region to market — is generating a “large volume of public comments,” FERC said in its memo.
Green officials called the current 93.4-mile pipeline route through the Akron-Canton area “hastily drawn and ill-conceived with no respect to the human and environmental concerns.” Norton and Planning Director Wayne Wiethe signed the city’s filing.