The federal agency that has to conduct an environmental impact study for the proposed NEXUS gas pipeline being built by Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp. will host a meeting for public comments at 6 p.m. April 29 at Wadsworth High School.
The project would place a new 36-inch gas pipeline from Kensington in Columbiana County through Stark, Summit, Wayne, Medina, Lorain and four other Ohio counties before crossing into Michigan and Ontario, Canada. The line would carry natural gas under a pressure of around 1,440 pounds per square inch.
The project is now under what is called a “pre-filing” environmental review by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The agency is asking for public comment and input of others affected in order to prepare an environmental impact study.
Persons requesting time to speak may sign up at 5 p.m. and representatives of NEXUS will be available at about 5 p.m. to speak to anyone with questions.
In a news release, FERC said representatives will give a brief presentation at 6 p.m. and explain the environmental review process. According to the release, the line includes more than 250 miles of 36-inch pipe, four new compression pumps and four new metering and regulation stations. One station would be in Medina County.
FERC said it will review the proposal based on rules outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act before issuing a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
In the review, the agency plans to consider:
Geology and soils;
Water resources, fisheries, and wetlands;
Vegetation and wildlife;
Migratory birds and endangered and threatened species;
Land use and cumulative impacts;
Air quality and noise;
The agency can evaluate possible options besides the proposed pipeline and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid effects on the various areas.
After the presentation by FERC, speakers will each be given three minutes of time. The meeting will end at 10 p.m. or when all speakers have had a chance to speak.
The meeting will be recorded by a stenographer and transcripts will be entered into formal records. Comments will then be filed as official records and made accessible at www.ferc.gov.