A federal agency will hold public meetings in Medina and Stark counties this week on the proposed Nexus Pipeline that transport natural gas across northern Ohio.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is holding what are called “scoping meetings” on Wednesday  in Wadsworth and on Thursday  in Louisville.

They are the main forums for the public to comment to the federal agency on the pipeline project.

The agency must approve the project because it is an interstate pipeline.

The meetings begin at 6 p.m.

The Wadsworth meeting will be at Wadsworth High School, 625 Broad St. The Louisville meeting will be at Louisville High School, 1201 S. Nickelplate Ave.

The pipeline is slated to cross northern Stark and southern Summit counties. It would run through Chippewa Township in Wayne County and then cross Medina County It would run 93.4 miles through the Akron-Canton area.

It has encountered strong grass-roots opposition in Summit, Medina and Stark counties.

Opponents including the grass-roots group, the Coalition to Reroute Nexus (CORN), are pushing to get the federal agency to reroute the pipeline to a less-populated and more-rural area to the south.

The pipeline is proposed by Houston-based Nexus Gas Transmission LLC in collaboration with Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. and Texas-based Spectra Energy Partners.

The companies had held their own public meetings on the pipeline last January  in Wadsworth and Jackson Township.

The pipeline is planned to run roughly 250 miles from the Utica Shale in Columbiana County in eastern Ohio to Defiance in northwest Ohio, then head north into Michigan and connect with other existing pipelines to carry gas into Canada.

It would be up to 36 inches in diameter and capable of transporting up to 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. That’s enough to heat 6 million houses. It would be buried about 3 feet deep.

The project could be approved in December 2016. Final pipeline application will be filed in November.

Construction would take about one year and the pipeline could begin service in late 2017.