DATE: February 8, 2015
Lisa Kochheiser, (419) 349-3379,
Lea Harper, (419) 450-7042,


(Bowling Green, Ohio) Three out-of-state pipeline companies have big plans for Northwest, Ohio. Those plans are raising serious questions and concerns among Wood County citizens. A public pipeline meeting to address those concerns and discuss solutions will be held Wednesday, February 18 at 6:30PM at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Within the next few years an unprecedented number of 42” mega pipelines will pass through the fields and towns of Wood County. Two of the projects, Energy Transfer Rover and Spectra Nexus, are in different stages of the approval process by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The third project, TransCanada ANR, has not filed with FERC yet.

Rover is a dual side-by-side project with two 42” pipes, each pressurized at 1,500psi that combined will push 3.25 Billion cubic feet per day of toxic radon-laced fracked natural gas out of SE Ohio, through NW Ohio, for export to Canada. It will run approximately east to west through the southern half of Wood County, crossing underneath the Maumee River near Defiance. Energy Transfer aims to begin construction in October 2016 with completion in April of 2016.

The Nexus project, also a 42” pipe, pressurized to 1,440psi, will transmit 2.0 Billon cubic feet of SE Ohio’s natural gas per day through NW Ohio on its way out of the country to the huge Dawn Hub near Sarnia, Ontario. Nexus is planned to follow the East/West right-of-way of the high voltage transmission lines running through the northern half of Wood County. It will pass underneath the Maumee River south of Waterville. An industrial sized compressor station will be sited just west of Waterville. Spectra hopes to begin construction in March of 2017 with completion in October of 2017.

TransCanada ANR will tentatively follow alongside the Rover right-of-way, making it the third 42” high pressure pipe to run through southern Wood County. ANR is approximately 1 year behind Nexus in its developmental timeline and will likely cross the Maumee near Defiance.

These big plans have property owners and concerned citizens raising big questions about safety, the taking of private property by eminent domain, devaluation of property, disruption of large amounts of valuable cropland and drainage tile systems, and the effects of increased production of natural gas on climate change.

Many safety questions surround the fact that 42” pipeline technology is relatively new and still experimental. One 42” mega pipeline accident is capable of incinerating a minimum area 3,000’ wide. If one of the three Rover/ANR side-by-side lines blows, it would then set off the other two in a cataclysmic chain reaction involving all three. Surprisingly there are no laws requiring that homes be spaced a safe distance away.

Some say that what seems like a glaring oversight is actually built into the system to allow companies to privatize the profits and socialize the losses to communities and landowners. During a meeting between Nexus representatives and public officials at Owens Community College on January 28th Nexus representative, Debbie Rios, stated that they observe all safety regulations when planning and building the pipelines to ensure public safety. But when asked what the safety setbacks are for pipeline proximity to homes, she said, “There are none.”

Questions and fear are raised among thousands of Ohioans about the taking of property by eminent domain, the process which allows companies to pass pipelines dangerously close to homes. Toledo Attorney Terry Lodge recently submitted a letter to FERC demanding that, “Rover and Nexus must be stopped from illegally using eminent domain bullying tactics when neither project has received FERC approval.” In the letter Lodge also demanded to know how eminent domain could legally be used for projects of private profit.

Property owners are asking themselves if they are being swindled. Nexus surveyed Liz Victor’s Fulton County property to within six feet of her house. At the January 28th meeting at Owens Rios stated that no evidence exists that suggests pipelines devalue property. Her statement angered Victor. “I know I won’t be able to sell my property for what it is worth once the pipeline comes through,” she said. Property owners wonder why they are experiencing the same psychological effects as being invaded.

Farmers are asking how Texas corporations can be allowed to destroy their families’ legacies which in many cases took their relatives over 100 years to build. NW Ohio’s largest industry is agriculture, and pipelines of this size will disrupt thousands of Ohio acres, destroying topsoil and drainage systems, which are connected together in complex networks between farms.

Some people question the validity of the perceived notion that we need the pipelines to enable an increased production of domestic natural gas for export. Lea Harper, Managing Director of Fresh Water Accountability Project stated, “These projects are for the profits of the temporary and toxic, highly unregulated industry of fracking. Increased production of natural gas will accelerate climate change. Why aren’t we using the same money to invest in renewables like wind and solar instead?”

While pipeline companies are telling people that their projects are for the public good, not everyone believes them. Township Trustees across the state are passing resolutions opposing the projects because they know mega pipelines will only do more public harm than good. On January 26, 2015, Ohio’s Summit County passed a county-wide resolution against pipelines.

Wood County, Ohio is situated at the geographic heart of it all for the export of domestic natural gas with the current proposals being only the tip of the iceberg. Citizens are organized to oppose these pipelines and will do all they can to protect their property and quality of life from what they consider to be an illegal taking.

Swanton Ohio

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If the federal government can control what we eat, what lightbulbs we can use, what health care coverage we need, etc, etc.--why shouldn't they be able to tell land owners what must be done with their property?

I think it's rich that big government Obama supporters didn't consider all of the consequences of their actions.

Best comment.


Big Oil Gave $250,000 to Each Senator who Voted for Keystone XL

Here Is How Every Senator Voted On The Keystone XL Pipeline
The 62-36 roll call Thursday by which the Senate passed the Keystone XL Pipeline Act.
A “yes” vote is a vote to pass the bill.
Voting yes were 9 Democrats and 53 Republicans.
Voting no were 34 Democrats, 0 Republicans and 2 independents.
MICHIGAN Peters (D), No; Stabenow (D), No.
OHIO Brown (D), No; Portman (R), Yes.

Where Is Fox News' Outrage Over Keystone XL Land Rights?
Fox Only Cares About "Land Grabs" When Attacking Environmental Regulations
Rather than address the decision's impact on property rights, Fox News celebrated the ruling by repeating the GOP talking point that President Obama is now out of "excuses" for stalling on Keystone XL as the GOP attempts to pass legislation forcing its approval in Congress this week.

Statements made are the opinion of the writer who is exercising his first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and are generally permitted.

Poor Wolfart was kept out of the open house. AWWWW

Poor Wolfart, banned from the open house

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