The Ohio coalition in opposing the present route of the Nexus pipeline has chosen the course of looking at the best alternative using industry standard software.
It will be up to FERC to decide whether the additional costs would be beneficial in order to avoid the more heavily populated areas. However, a serious consideration will be the engagement of environmental positive and negative effects created by each of the proposed routes.
“The proposal that we made used industry standard software — the same software that NEXUS is using — to manage our route,” Gierosky said. “Our goal is to minimize the conflict. The two things we were able to analyze were the conflict with structure, so you’ve got residences, churches, schools; and the other piece was wetlands, acres of wetlands.”
The new route would minimize residential and structure conflicts by 70 percent across all affected counties. In Lorain County alone, the reroute would cause a 50 percent decrease in structural conflicts and a 99 percent decrease of wetland and environmental conflicts.