July 25, 2014

Medina
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Pipeline could run through county

Energy companies are considering Medina County in plans to build an approximately 250-mile natural gas pipeline that would connect to lines in Michigan and Canada.

The project is in the planning stage, county Commissioner Adam Friedrick said, but the tentative route would cross Wayne County into Wadsworth Township. It would head west into Guilford Township, northwest into Lafayette Township and north into York Township. It’s then set to travel into Lorain County toward Grafton.

The pipeline, which developers call the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project, is a combination of efforts by Houston-based Spectra Energy, Detroit-based DTE Energy and Canada’s Enbridge Inc.

Spectra officials sat down with Friedrick and several township trustees at a private meeting last week to discuss the project.

“They’re years away from even starting this,” Friedrick said Friday. “They’re not even sure it will go through Medina County.”

He said the company reached out to public officials so they would know about the project. That way, when or if the company starts sending out letters requesting easements on landowners’ properties for the pipeline, government officials won’t be caught off guard.

According to Spectra’s website, www.spectraenergy.com, its pipelines are constructed of high-strength carbon steel. The company buries the pipeline about 2 1/2 to three feet deep, mostly on farmland.

Landowners still are able to plant crops but can’t plant trees or build structures near the line’s path.

Spectra Energy Corp., a Fortune 500 company, is one of North America’s premier pipeline and midstream companies, according to Spectra’s website. Based in Houston, the company’s operations in the United States and Canada include more than 22,000 miles of natural gas, natural gas liquids and crude oil pipelines, approximately 305 billion cubic feet gas storage, as well as natural gas gathering and processing, and local distribution operations.

NEXUS GAS TRANSMISSION PROJECT
Location: Ohio, Michigan, Ontario
Length: About 250 miles
Capacity: At least 1 billion cubic feet per day
Partner companies: DTE Energy, Enbridge and Spectra Energy
Projected in-service: November 2016
Purpose: The proposed NEXUS Gas Transmission system will move supplies of Ohio Utica shale gas to markets in the Midwest, including Ohio and Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. The new pipeline will serve local distribution companies, power generators and industrial users in these markets.
SOURCE: www.spectraenergy.com

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.