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Nexus Gas takes next step to proceed with pipeline across northern Ohio

The company behind the proposed Nexus Pipeline across northern Ohio has filed paperwork to begin the official federal review of the $2 billion project.

Texas-based Nexus Gas Transmission LLC on Friday asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to begin an environmental review of the 255-mile natural gas pipeline.

The company had earlier filed preliminary paperwork.

The company is seeking what’s called a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the federal agency that oversees interstate pipelines.

FERC must now evaluate all potential environmental impacts, as well as the company’s plans to address and minimize them.

The federal agency is expected to issue its final ruling in late 2016.

The company called the filing “a significant milestone” in its announcement late Friday.flic

Its filing with the federal agency includes responses to comments filed by pipeline opponents as well as a full evaluation of alternative routes and potential impacts of the pipeline, which will be 36 inches in diameter.

The pipeline would run through northern Stark, southern Summit, the northeast corner of Wayne and across Medina County.

It would run from eastern Ohio to Defiance in northwest Ohio and into Michigan. Connections could then carry the natural gas into Ontario.

Related: Battle over $2 billion Nexus Pipeline continues to simmer in Medina, Summit counties

The city of Green and a grass-roots group, the Coalition to Reroute Nexus, have urged that the pipeline be routed south of the Akron-Canton-Medina area in more rural southern Stark and Wayne counties. That proposal, which affect 103 miles of pipeline, drew a chilly reception from the company.

Nexus Gas Transmission is planning to begin construction in January 2017 and to have the pipeline in operation by November 2017.

The company says the pipeline is “critically needed” to get natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales in Ohio, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania to Midwest markets and connecting pipelines.

The company says it has signed agreements to provide pipeline connections with industrial parks, natural gas utilities and electric-generating plants across northern Ohio and in southern Michigan.

That includes two connections in Medina County with Columbia Gas of Ohio Inc. and with a Wadsworth industrial development, Brickyard Industrial Park. There is also a Wayne County connection with Dominion East Ohio.

The pipeline would transport up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day, enough to heat 6 million homes.

It is being developed with Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. and Texas-based Spectra Energy Partners.

An Ohio-Michigan group, the Coalition for the Expansion of Pipeline Infrastructure, is supporting the Nexus Pipeline.

Anti-pipeline landowners in Summit and Medina counties have prevented the company from conducting surveys along the pipeline route. That issue is tied up in continuing court fights. Access in other Ohio counties has largely been resolved in court.

This article was written by BOB DOWNING from The Akron Beacon Journal and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.