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US appeals court orders halt on natural gas pipeline in Ohio

November 24, 2017 - 11:20 AM

CLEVELAND - A federal appellate court has issued an order that temporarily prevents a company from building an 8-mile (13-kilometre) stretch of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline through an Ohio city.

In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, the 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals granted Green a stay to stop NEXUS Gas Transmission from starting work on the city's portion of the $2 billion project while a lawsuit is pending.

Green sued the state Environmental Protection Agency last month, challenging the water quality certificate it gave NEXUS for the project. The EPA argues the certificate was properly granted.

The 255-mile-long (410-kilometre) pipeline is designed to transport as much as 1.5 billion cubic feet (42.5 million cubic meters) of gas per day from Appalachian shale fields across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Canada.

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This story has been corrected to show the city of Green's lawsuit was filed last month, not in May.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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