natural gas pipeline

Green City Council chamber
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Green City Council voted 4-3 Wednesday night to settle with the builders of the NEXUS natural gas pipeline. 

Council was split over pulling the plug on the fight against NEXUS and accepting a seven and a half million dollar settlement, but speakers in the public comment part of the council meeting were not. All but one criticized the deal, many on practical grounds.  Like Jane Karl of New Franklin.  “Do you have a safety net built in when you determine that they have lied to you, so that you can back out of this agreement? 

The City of Green had hoped to get the NEXUS natural gas pipeline routed elsewhere.  However it is dropping its legal challenges to the project as part of a proposed settlement. 

Green has four lawsuits pending against NEXUS Gas Transmission, and won a temporary stay of pipeline work.  But the litigation hasn’t been going well for the city and the stay was expected to be lifted.  So, when NEXUS made a settlement offer, the city’s lawyers advised Mayor Gerard Neugebauer to take it.