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Public meeting slated next week in Stark County on Nexus pipeline for Utica shale natural gas

A company building a 250-mile natural gas pipeline through the Akron-Canton area will hold a public meeting on the project Wednesday.

The informal, open house-style meeting for landowners — organized by Nexus Gas Transmission on its Nexus pipeline — will run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Room M100 of Stark State College’s Business & Entrepreneurship Center, 6200 Frank Ave. NW, Jackson Township.

Pipeline officials will answer questions about the project that would transport gas from eastern Ohio’s Utica Shale to Detroit, southern Ontario and Chicago.

The proposed run for the pipeline has come under fire from some landowners in the city of Green and in Medina County because of safety concerns, effects on property values and environmental questions.

Three companies are behind the project: Detroit-based DTE Energy, Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. and Calgary-based Enbridge Inc.

Price tag for the project is estimated at $1.5 billion.

Related: Company reports record-setting Utica well for natural gas in West Virginia’s Tyler County

The new pipeline is expected to be 36 inches in diameter. It would be capable of transporting up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. That’s enough to heat about 27,000 houses.

Gas transport could begin as early as 2017, subject to market demand and regulatory approvals.

The pipeline largely would be built in widened electric rights-of-way.

The eastern terminus would be near Carrollton, southeast of Canton, where Utica Shale drillers have been active.

The pipeline would enter Stark County south of Alliance, near the border of Washington and Paris townships. It would run west across southern Marlboro and Lake townships for a total length in Stark of 19.8 miles.

In Summit County, it would run west for 12 miles through central Green and New Franklin into Wayne County. Pipe would be buried 80 feet under Nimisila Reservoir between Green and New Franklin.

The route would run north of Doylestown in Chippewa Township and south of Wadsworth, then northwest across Medina County through Wadsworth, Guilford, Montville, Lafayette, York and Litchfield townships before entering Lorain County. A total of 22 miles of the new pipeline would be in Medina County.

The project, first outlined in late 2012, requires approval of federal and state agencies.


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