Medina County: Concerned citizens discuss pipeline plans

10:44 PM, Jun 11, 2013   |    comments
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MEDINA, Ohio -- Dozens of Medina County residents attended a meeting Tuesday night about a newly proposed billion-dollar natural gas pipeline which could soon cut through their community.

The meeting was organized by the Concerned Citizens of Medina County who are frustrated with county officials for not being more forthcoming with information concerning the new pipeline.

"We thought we'd take it upon us so at least people are aware of what's going to happen if they're questioned and asked about surveys on their property or easement agreements," explained Kathy Jones, a member of the concerned citizens group.

Although the pipeline project is still in the preliminary stages, it could potentially affect six Ohio counties.

If approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the 250-mile project will extend through Ohio, Michigan and Canada, with 22 miles of the pipeline cutting through Medina County.

"Looks right now that it won't be coming too close to us, but it's still in my community and it still concerns me," said Carolyn Boyce, who lives in Montville.

"I was kind of looking to see if it was going to be put up for a county vote or some kind of referendum, but it doesn't seem to be that way," said Johnny Napier, another Montville resident.

Officials with Spectra Energy, the company heading up the proposal, claim once the project is further along, they will send introductory letters to affected landowners and representatives from their company will meet with them.

The pipeline still needs approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. With the green light, officials say the pipeline would only take seven to ten months to install.


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