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Feds okay $2 billion natural gas line from Columbiana County to Michigan

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Federal regulators have approved a $2 billion project to build a controversial 250-mile long natural gas pipeline from Columbiana County to Michigan.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday gave the green light to a plan by Nexus Gas Transmission LLC to construct the 36-inch diameter underground pipeline that would carry natural gas products from the shale gas fields of Eastern Ohio to Michigan and Canada.

The project includes five compressor stations in the Ohio including one in Hanoverton and another in Salineville.

Each compressor station would take up about an acre of land in order to compress the natural gas and keep it flowing through the pipeline.

The plan met with resistance from some communities along the route of the pipeline and individuals with concerns about the possible geological and environmental effects, as well as the impact on residential property values.

Proposed alternate routes were rejected by the government.

Supporters of the pipeline argued that the lack of a quick, convenient way to transport energy products has been restraining oil and gas production.

The transmission line would travel through 209 miles of Columbiana, Stark, Summit, Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Huron, Erie, Sandusky, Wood, Lucas, Henry, and Fulton Counties, in Ohio; and approximately 47 miles through Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties, Michigan.

The FERC approval may be seen below

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