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The NEXUS pipeline is beginning to carry natural gas through parts of Summit County. With that in mind the county is working to be better prepared for potential leaks, accidents, or other problems.

Council passed an ordinance authorizing some of the tax dollars coming into the county from NEXUS to be earmarked for training and equipment.  Councilwoman Gloria Rodgers in on the Public Works Committee. “There’s about four million dollars in taxes dispersed among the communities. The County’s share is a hundred thousand.”

Rover Spill Clean Up
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Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 25:

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Ohio utilities are considering their next steps after federal regulators knocked down a measure that would have allowed subsidies for struggling power plants. But, there are still options from state lawmakers.

The proposal would have allowed utilities to charge their customers an extra fee to help prop up power plants that struggle to compete in the market. But the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission denied the measure.

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With the passage of the new federal tax law questions about how it will affect different parts of the economy are emerging.  In Ohio that is especially true for what the tax changes may mean to the energy industry. 

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, December 20:

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, December 6th:

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Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, October 25th:

FERC Approves Construction of Nexus Pipline in Ohio

Oct 12, 2017
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission gave final authorization Wednesday to begin construction of the Nexus gas pipeline through northern Ohio. Communities along the way have tried to stop or re-route the pipeline and lawsuits are still pending.   

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Here are your headlines for Friday, September 1:

FERC Has Two New Commissioners

Aug 5, 2017
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The Senate has confirmed Trump Administration nominees to fill two of four vacant seats on Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. That gives FERC enough members for a quorum--meaning it can to do official business again.  Resignations, term expirations and an appointment backlog at the White House left FERC with too few members for major action for six months.

Ohio Groups Oppose President Trump's FERC Nominees

Jul 4, 2017
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Local groups in Ohio and across the natural-gas-producing areas of the northeast are pressing for a rejection of President Trump’s nominees to the federal agency that oversees interstate pipeline projects. As WCPN's Matt Richmond reports for Ohio Public Radio, if approved, the nominees would restore a quorum at the agency, allowing it to resume issuing permits.

Rover Spill Clean Up
Ohio EPA

A week ago, there were widespread reports that Ohio EPA fined the owners of the Rover pipeline for environmental violations during ongoing construction of the natural gas transmission system across northern Ohio.  But the fine was more a matter of definition.

OEPA did tell Rover’s parent corporation Energy Transfer that it will have to pay a penalty, in addition to cleaning up recent spills in Ohio, and change a number of its practices.

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Today, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ordered Energy Tranfer Partners to temporarily stop any new pipeline construction that involves drilling underneath rivers. The Ohio EPA  believes this is a step in the right direction but does not resolve the overall dispute with the pipeline company. And the company is refusing to pay a $430,000 fine for multiple spills of millions of gallons of drilling fluid.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has approved letting the Rover Pipeline project in Ohio go forward, at least partially. 

Rover plans to take natural gas from the Utica shale to Canada and filed for certification from the federal agency in 2014. Approval was held up when the company razed a historic house near one of its proposed construction sites in Carroll County. And the certificate just issued is limited. 

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The NEXUS gas pipeline is not a done deal, but a federal environmental impact statement issued on Wednesday helps clear the way for the project’s construction.

The NEXUS gas pipeline could have some negative environmental effects, but mitigation measures could reduce the impact to “less than significant levels.” That’s according to the final environmental impact statement issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

The proposed natural gas pipeline stretches across more than 255 miles from eastern Ohio through Stark, Medina and Lorain counties and into Michigan.

Public Comment Sought on Nexus Pipeline Route

Aug 15, 2016
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Meetings that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission are now using to gather public comment on the controversial Nexus natural gas pipeline project in northern Ohio are themselves drawing controversy. 

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The NEXUS pipeline proposed for northern Ohio got mostly, though not entirely, good news in the latest report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  That’s an agency that must give it’s OK before the project can go forward.  

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NOTE: This is the third of three stories examining Ohio's environmental and energy future.  

Ohio’s largest energy companies are trying to figure out what they’re going to do with their coal power plants as they navigate through a vital time in the utilities industry. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explores the different paths those utilities can take and what that means for Ohio residents.

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NOTE: This is the second of three stories examining Ohio's environmental and energy future. 

A decision to block a plan that would’ve guaranteed profits for struggling coal plants in Ohio may have created a domino effect for the future of energy in the state.

In part two of a three-part series, Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow takes a look at the history of deregulation in Ohio and the bombshell suggestion to reverse course.

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Note: This is the first of three stories examining Ohio's environmental and energy future.  

Something as simple as flipping a switch can turn the lights on and off in your home. But many major complicated decisions take place in order to keep those lights on.

As Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports, these decisions have reached a critical point that could change the landscape of the energy industry in Ohio.

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 State officials, utilities and other groups have worked on deregulating the energy market in Ohio for more than a decade. Now two major utility companies want to go back toward re-regulation after the feds nixed their temporary rate-hike plan.

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It’s not every day that a group known for defending the free market celebrates federal intervention. But a conservative group in Ohio is saying the feds made the right choice by blocking a temporary rate hike plan from AEP and FirstEnergy.  

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Federal regulators have blocked Akron-based FirstEnergy and Columbus-based American Electric Power from imposing controversial rate hikes  on customers to bring in money for struggling coal and nuclear plants.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says the deals that state regulators approved last month for FirstEnergy and AEP aren’t valid unless they get federal approval. Among those celebrating is Todd Snitchler, who’s with a group of electricity generators that opposed the utilities plans.