Nexus Pipeline Development Facing “Batty” Road Blocks

The Nexus pipeline project has run into countless hurdles and road blocks ever since its initial proposal last year. We first reported on the Nexus project back in March of 2016. The intent of the project is to support the growing demand for clean-burning natural gas, by building additional pipeline infrastructure in Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario (Canada). Following completion, the pipeline system is expected to move 1.5 Bcf/d (billion cubic feet a per day) of natural gas from southeastern Ohio, eventually ending in southern Ontario.

As of last March, 13 connection agreements were made with various Ohio markets affected by the proposed route. Since then, the project has faced turbulence from activist groups and countless townships. Just in the last couple of weeks, objection efforts have made news on several occasions. Just a few of these examples are below:

• The city of Green, Ohio has hired law firm, Frost Brown Todd to aid in the city’s fight to reroute the pipeline away from the city. City officials believe the pipeline will have a $120 million impact on the city.
• Bowling Green city Council voted months ago to deny an easement offer to build part of the pipeline through the city, and now has protesters on the proposed ground attempting to further stall its construction. UC4POWER a local activist group and BGSU faculty believe the pipeline could contaminate local water supply.
• One of the most peculiar reports comes from Medina County, where “the coalition to reroute Nexus” cites bats as an argument against pipeline construction. This part of the state is home to northern long-eared bats, a threatened species. As a threatened species, their habitat is supposed to be protected during the bats’ nesting season, but the coalition is fearful that Nexus could be granted an exception.

In attempt to avoid more conflict, Nexus pipeline partners asked FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) to expedite the decision to grant permission by February 3rd, to build the pipeline, before one of the FERC commissioners steps down. FERC was inactive in response. The Nexus project isn’t dead yet, but at the moment, the future does appear uncertain.


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Beer would be nice, but I don’t think that is what is going to be flowing through the proposed Nexus Transmission Pipeline.
The Nexus pipeline project is a joint venture between DTE Energy and Spectra Energy to move 1.5 Bcf (Billion cubic feet) a day of natural gas from southeastern Ohio (Utica and Marcellus shale) eventually ending at the Dawn Hub in southern Ontario, Canada.

2014_0808_Landowner Notification Attachments -FINALAdditional pipeline transportation infrastructure is needed in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, Canada to support the growing demand for clean‐burning natural gas.

To meet this need, Nexus Gas Transmission (NEXUS) proposed to construct an approximate 255‐mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline. The pipeline would transport gas directly from the Appalachian Basin and provide low cost supplies while providing increased supply diversity, security and reliability to customers in Ohio, Michigan, and Canada. 

A number of industrial facilities, gas utilities and power generators in these areas have also recently signed interconnect agreements with the project. If approved, gas is projected to start flowing in November of 2017. 


Click on the links below to find out more information regarding the proposed path, local meeting with the EPA on 3/16/2016 for the compressor station or some of the concerns that have been in the local paper.


Additional Nexus Info:

Proposed Nexus route map

Toledo Blade: Law firm soliciting landowners to fight NEXUS gas pipeline