Yesterday FERC issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Nexus pipeline proposal.
It seems that Nexus will not be forced to make any major re-routes and re-route proposals were disregarded, ignored or decided against, even though they represented clear benefits to local residents and protected land and water resources.
The EIS is a major milestone for the project and suggests construction will begin as planned in early 2017. According to the Toledo Blade FERC concluded the pipeline and its associated projects will “result in some adverse environmental impacts.” But the regulatory commission, which oversees interstate pipeline projects, said those impacts will “be reduced to acceptable levels with the implementation of NEXUS’s and Texas Eastern’s proposed mitigation measures and the additional measures recommended by staff in the final EIS.”
FERC said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assisted with the document. Each will present their own their own conclusions and recommendations, but FERC has jurisdiction over the project.
The current Nexus route represents approximately 200 acres of the Oak Openings region where clear cutting of trees and trenching activities will disturb globally rare habitat.