Antis Go Batty in Effort to Stop Ohio’s NEXUS Pipeline

Last week we pointed out that of all the major pipeline projects we had hoped the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) would approve before Norman Bay quit the Commission in a huff, that NEXUS (runs through Ohio) did not get a go-ahead (see In FERC’s Game of Musical Chairs, NEXUS Pipeline Left Standing). We don’t expect it will take too long before FERC is back up to three or more Commissioners–a quorum–and can then authorize NEXUS. Antis are concerned about that too. So they’re looking for other ways to block the pipeline, hoping if they block it long enough, they can kill it. The latest tactic is nothing new–antis are saying since NEXUS is now delayed, the pipeline won’t be able to clear trees in time to beat a deadline of March 31. After that date you then must wait until October 1st. Why? To avoid killing any northern long-earned bats–which happen to be on the threatened and endangered species list. Antis make no bones about it–they earnestly hope the final NEXUS OK to begin construction comes too late in the season to finish tree clearing. NEXUS maintains the pipeline will be built and in-service by the end of this year…

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