One day after the U.S. Senate confirmed two new nominees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the energy company proposing a $2 billion natural gas pipeline through Medina County filed a new request to begin construction.
NEXUS Gas Transmission said Friday that it “respectfully requests immediate issuance of the certificate authority” previously sought.
The two-page document was addressed to FERC’s acting Chairwoman Cheryl LaFleur and new commissioners Neil Chatterjee and Robert F. Powelson. The five-member board had been operating with only LaFleur since June 30 and, without a quorum, was unable to make rulings and transactions. A Final Environmental Impact Statement had been sent to the commission Nov. 30 recommending approval of the pipeline, but the resignations of Norman Bay and Colette Honorable left the board unable to act.
NEXUS disclosed in Friday’s document, signed by company President William Yardley, that it “has secured voluntary easements covering over 93 percent of the project route.”
An easement is an agreement in which a landowner is compensated by another party to cross an area of land or use it for some purpose.
NEXUS, a business consortium of Enbridge Inc. of Canada, DTE Energy of Detroit, and Spectra Energy of Houston, first proposed the pipeline in August 2014.
The route would originate in Columbiana County and end at an energy hub in Canada for export sales of gas.
FERC spokeswoman Mary O’Driscoll told The Gazette on Friday that “the commission will act when the commission acts. We don’t project or estimate a time.”
NEXUS spokesman Adam Parker told The Gazette via email: “We recently announced a revised 2018 in-service date and plan to provide a more specific in-service date once FERC issues a certificate.”
NEXUS also notified Ohio lawmakers of the request, including Gov. John Kasich; Sens. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, and Sherrod Brown, D-Cleveland; and Reps. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, and Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville.
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