Controversial Nexus Pipeline nearing final federal approval

Posted at 6:27 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 18:28:13-04

People who live near a proposed major natural gas transmission pipeline in Metro Detroit have serious concerns about their future and safety.

Two explosions of similar pipelines near Pittsburgh earlier this year and another in 2010 near San Francisco caused severe damage and several deaths.

The Nexus Pipeline would run from eastern Ohio, south of Cleveland, south and west of Toledo then into Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw Counties.

Nexus is half owned by DTE Energy and Spectra Energy in Houston, Texas.

There are serious concerns about the safety of some 1,200 students in the Lincoln Consolidated Schools in Ypsilanti Township. Three elementary school buildings are within 400 to 1,000 feet of the pipeline.

Landowners who don’t want Nexus can have their land taken away through imminent domain legal proceedings.

People who want to comment for or against the pipeline can speak to federal regulators with FERC, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, during a public comments meeting. That meeting is set for August 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts in Tecumseh.

Or they can submit their comments in writing to FERC up to August 29.