The Nexus Pipeline, set to cross through Stark and Summit counties, isn't expected to begin operating until 2018. Delays with the appointing new members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have slowed approval of the project.

DTE Energy has pushed the projected in-service date for its NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline into next year.

NEXUS was supposed to start carrying natural gas by the end of the year, but the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has yet to approve the pipeline. FERC lacks a quorum of commissioners and President Donald J. Trump’s nominees are awaiting final confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

Detroit-based DTE Energy and Spectra Energy, which merged this year with Calgary-based Enbridge, are partners in the project.

In a conference call with investors last week, DTE Chairman and Chief Executive Gerard M. Anderson said the company still feels good about NEXUS, even though the process has taken longer than the company would like.

The NEXUS project has all of the needed materials, equipment and construction contracts, nearly all of the right-of-way easements and is in the final stages of getting permits, Anderson said.

DTE estimated it would take seven to 10 months to build NEXUS once FERC approves the project.

NEXUS is a proposed 36-inch-diameter interstate pipeline. The $2.1 billion project would cross eastern and northern Stark County and the city of Green in Summit County. It would carry natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shales to users in Ohio, Michigan, Canada and other Midwestern markets.

The Coalition to Reroute NEXUS (CORN) landowner group, with support from the city of Green, took FERC and NEXUS to federal court in May, seeking to block the project. The case is pending.

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