GREEN: City Council has taken formal action requesting that the proposed Nexus natural gas pipeline be steered clear of Green.
On Tuesday night, the council expressed its opposition to the proposed path of the controversial, 42-inch natural gas line that would stretch 250 miles across Ohio and Michigan to Canada. It unanimously requesting that the project’s path be relocated “to less populated rural areas that do not impact highly populated areas such as properties and residences of the city of Green.”
“It’s a tough fight to take on. It’s the right project in woefully the wrong area,” Ward 4 Councilman John “Skip” Summerville said. “I’m glad we brought this forward.”
Councilman-at-large Gerard Neugebauer, chairman of the Planning Committee, emphasized that safety is the main concern for the action.
The pipeline, a $2 billion project, would carry Utica Shale gas from Columbiana County in eastern Ohio through portions of Summit, Stark, Medina and Wayne counties on its westward route. It would be capable of moving up to 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day — enough to heat 8 million houses.
The companies behind the project have said that about 3,500 properties along the path could be affected. A 600-foot-wide corridor has been set where the pipeline could be routed. This later would be narrowed to an easement about 50 feet wide for the pipeline plus a temporary 50-foot-wide construction area.
The pipeline would be buried about 3 feet deep.
Beacon Journal staff writer Bob Downing contributed to this report. George W. Davis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.