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NEXUS pipeline is not an environmental threat, FERC states

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved construction of the proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline, stating that the project poses little risk to the environment.

As a background, the 256.6 mile, 36 in. dia. NEXUS pipeline would transport natural fracked gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale regions to US states and southwest Ontario. At present, additional pipeline transportation is necessary in Ohio, Michigan and Ontario, in order to support the growing demand for clean-burning gas.

In its report, the FERC stated: “We determined that construction and operation of the projects would result in some adverse environmental impacts, but impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of the applicants’ proposed and our recommended mitigation measures.”

However, numerous residents and officials argue against FERC’s decision.

City Councilmember, Sharon Pearson, said that one of the major problems with the line is its close proximity to the fire station. She commented: “We’ve been trying to do everything within our power under the law to figure out what we can do to keep our residents safe. I think it’s all of our concern that if something does happen with that pipeline, it is very, very close to our fire station, and they would be one of the first responders — we would hope — to be able to help people, rescue people.

Nevertheless, Spectra Energy – operator of the line alongside DTE Energy – explained that the project would have a number of benefits: it would create jobs, finance school districts and aid in the USA’s transition away from coal power plants.

Spectra also stated: “In total, NEXUS adopted a total of 239 route changes totalling about 231 miles (91% of the pipeline route) for various reasons, including landowner requests, avoidance of sensitive resources or engineering considerations.”

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