Natural gas pipeline can start shipping 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day.

NEXUS Gas Transmission can start shipping natural gas through its newly built pipeline.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday granted NEXUS’ Sept. 17 request for permission to start using the 36-inch diameter pipeline that runs approximately 255 miles from Hanover Township in Columbiana County to southern Michigan.

NEXUS also can to use a related compressor station and metering facilities.

In a letter, FERC said recent construction reports and third-party monitoring showed that NEXUS “has adequately stabilized the areas disturbed by construction and that restoration is now proceeding satisfactorily.”

NEXUS has committed to completing restoration as close to Oct. 31 as possible.

As of Friday, NEXUS had completed half of its clean-up and restoration work on the 54-mile section that crosses Columbiana, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties, according to information filed with FERC.

FERC’s decision means NEXUS can ship almost 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, representing nearly two-thirds of the pipeline’s planned capacity. NEXUS has said it would submit separate requests to operate other parts of the pipeline.

Detroit-based DTE Energy and Enbridge, a Canadian company, are partners in the $2.1 billion pipeline that also crosses Stark, Summit and Wayne counties.

"For more than four years, we have worked with landowners, key stakeholders, and state and federal agencies to develop a balanced approach to designing, constructing and operating the pipeline," NEXUS spokesman Adam Parker wrote in an email. "We are pleased to reach this critical milestone and begin providing a much-needed source of energy to Ohio, Michigan and Ontario."

The Canton Repository also reached out to Central Land Consulting, a firm that has filed complaints on the behalf of numerous landowners who blame NEXUS for damaging their property or otherwise violating its agreements with them.

On Tuesday, Central Land Consulting filed complaints on behalf of more than 80 landowners, including many farms, who said NEXUS construction was keeping them from the normal use of their land, including the harvesting of crops.

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