A press release today from Coalition to Reroute Nexus (CORN):
Medina, Ohio, April 26, 2015 --- Leaders of the Coalition to re-Route Nexus (“CORN”), the 250 mile pipeline currently designated to carry natural gas from southern Ohio to Canada through several highly populated Ohio counties and ecologically unique areas , are encouraging its members to voice their opposition to the current route and encourage the implementation of an alternative route that will effect far fewer residences, schools and businesses says Paul Gierosky, spokesperson for the Coalition.
“For the next two weeks the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will be holding a series of public scoping meetings to gather input from those affected by the pipeline route,” Gierosky stated. “Our members will be in attendance explaining why the alternative offers a safer and less environmentally impacted solution that will take the pipeline on a more southern route and one that will mean a 70 percent reduction in number of homes affected,” he said.
The series of six scoping meetings will begin 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Midview Middle School in Grafton, Ohio. Those members opposed to the current route will have opportunities to offer three minute presentations supporting their proposed changes. Written comments will also be accepted at that time.
The Coalition along with the City of Green, Ohio has conducted an extensive analysis of both routes. The alternative route would mean the Nexus Project would affect 40% fewer businesses, 50% fewer churches, 70% fewer residences and 100% fewer schools. The impact to the environment is also reduced by 58% fewer acres of wetland.
The alternate route only adds an additional 9.9 miles to the overall length of 250 miles. “That’s an increase of 3.96 percent,” says Gierosky. “We believe that this additional distance will likely result in a cost saving to the pipeline builder. This would greatly reduce easement costs and probably fewer eminent domain issues.”
Northwestern Ohio resident Liz Athaide-Victor says that changing the pipeline route would be a great benefit to her own life. “The pipeline route, the way it’s currently proposed, will be about 9 feet from my front door,” says Athaide-Victor. “Would you feel comfortable with that?” she asks.
She also reminds Coalition members that Spectra Energy, builders of the Nexus pipeline, is a large and well-heeled organization, capable of overwhelming the upcoming scoping sessions by packing the audience with its own supports and employees bought in from out-of-town.
“We need to tell everyone that some of these sessions can appear pretty unbalanced. There will be people paid by the company to speak in support of the current route. These people have no
skin in the game. It is not affecting their property, their safety, their property value or their children. Our members need to be prepared for that,” she stated.
The five remaining meetings will be held as follows: Wednesday, April 29 at Wadsworth High School, Wadsworth, Ohio; Thursday, April 30 at Louisville High School, Louisville, Ohio; Tuesday, May 5 at Tecumseh Center of the Arts, Tecumseh, MI; Wednesday, May 6, Swanton High School, Swanton, Ohio; and Thursday, May 7 at Fremont Ross High School in Fremont, Ohio. All meetings are set to begin at 6 p.m.
Interested parties can send comments to FERC at Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room IA, Washington, DC 20426. Comments must be received before May 22, 2015.