Green City Council Considering Legislation of Settlement Agreement with Nexus Gas and Transmission
GREEN, OH – At a special City Council meeting on February 5, Green City Council reviewed a settlement agreement with Nexus Gas and Transmission. Following review of the settlement in executive session, City Council asked to take time to permit public input. City Council will meet Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 1755 Town Park Blvd., for the second reading and council discussion of the legislation. Council will accept public input on Wednesday, February 7 at 7 p.m. prior to voting on the legislation.
Summary of the Terms of the Settlement
- Nexus will provide briefings and training to first responders that serve the City during construction and annually thereafter.
- Prior to the start of construction activities in the City, Nexus will meet with designated City officials, share plans and schedules and address haul routes, construction issues, safety, security and other considerations. Nexus will meet weekly with the City thereafter, and during construction, or more often if needed. This will be a time for the City to communicate directly with Nexus about resident questions or concerns.
- The City and Nexus will designate project liaisons as a central point for communication during construction. The City’s liaison will be permitted to conduct site visits in the field. The City’s liaison may communicate questions or concerns to the Nexus liaison. The City may report to appropriate governmental authorities any conditions that the City believes may constitute a violation of any applicable law, rule, regulation or of any provision contained in Nexus’ FERC Certificate or Ohio 401 Water Quality Certification.
- After construction, the pipeline will be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for pressure, flow and temperature. The line can be remotely shut off if abnormalities are detected.
- The pipeline route will be inspected weekly by aerial or ground patrol. Cathodic protection will be inspected 6 times a year. Nexus will conduct an inline inspection prior to putting the line into service and again within 3 years thereafter. Results of these inspections will be shared with the City.
- Nexus will enter into a Road Use Maintenance Agreement with the City, with terms including required videotaping prior to construction of all roadways to be used by Nexus, and the posting of a 5 million-dollar bond which will remain in place for two years after all final road repairs have been made by Nexus.
- Nexus will review the City’s SWPPP requirements alongside its FERC approved Erosion and Sediment Control Plan and meet with the City to discuss any questions or requests of the City for additional environmental controls being implemented for the project.
- Nexus will provide the City with additional wetland data regarding properties within the City that have been at issue in the 401 litigation pending in the Sixth Circuit.
- Nexus will agree not to remobilize the Greensburg Road wareyard or create or mobilize any other wareyards in the City.
- Nexus will provide its contractors with the City’s business and income tax registration packet.
- Approximately 20 acres of land adjacent to Boettler Park will be donated by Nexus to the City to provide connectivity trails from Boettler Park to Koons Road or Thursby Road.
- An immediate payment in cash to the City of 7.5 million dollars.
- The City will grant Nexus an easement over a total of approximately 2.5 acres of land within the City: 2 acres in Ariss Park; 639 square feet in Greensburg Park; and the remainder through various roadways in the City.
- All pending lawsuits between the parties will be dismissed.