1,300 FirstEnergy customers lost power in southern Summit County Wednesday.

GREEN  FirstEnergy customers in southern Summit County lost power Wednesday afternoon when a tree hit a power line during work on the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline.

The lights went out around 1:30 p.m., and the outage affected 1,300 customers in the communities of Green, Clinton and New Franklin. The incident with the tree occurred near E. Comet Road.

Most of the power was restored within two hours, but about 18 customers were without power for 11 hours while repairs were made, said Mark Durbin, FirstEnergy spokesman.

Contractors for NEXUS have been clearing trees along the pipeline’s 255-mile route from Columbiana County to Michigan.

"We are working with landowners along the route who were temporarily impacted and remain committed to constructing and operating the pipeline in a safe and responsible manner," NEXUS spokesman Adam Parker wrote in an email. "Landowners with any additional questions may call our landowner helpline at 844-589-3655."

When completed, the 36-inch diameter pipeline will carry up to 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Utica and Marcellus shales to users in Ohio, Michigan and Canada.

Detroit-based DTE Energy and Enbridge, a Canadian company, are partners in the $2.1 billion NEXUS project. 

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