A group of property owners have sued to stop the pipeline, however, and they have asked a federal court in Akron, Ohio to issue an injunction blocking construction. Their main argument appears to be that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) should not be able to enforce a pipeline right of way on their property for the benefit of a foreign corporation. On August 10, a federal magistrate judge issued a recommendation that the case be dismissed. The reasoning was that the opponents of the project can object through the FERC regulatory process if they do not like the project, and they have to do that first before the court can strike down FERC’s decision. Now, the district court judge must review the recommendation and make a final decision.
NEXUS announced that it expects approval from FERC soon, especially since two new commissioners were just sworn in so the commission can resume voting on projects. New infrastructure is helping continue to drive up natural gas production in the West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Ohio areas despite challenges in the broader oil and gas industry. If you want to get your company in on the action, visit Cimmaron Land to get in touch with landmen in the area.