Formal application filed for NEXUS pipeline project

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CLEVELAND  — The company planning to build a $2 billion gas pipeline across northern Ohio has applied for federal approval, citing a projected surge in production in eastern Ohio and surrounding states and an expected demand for gas from electric utility companies.

NEXUS Gas Transmission hopes to have the pipeline ready to transport gas from the Marcellus and Utica shale fields by November 2017.

Opponents say they will continue their fight to have the pipeline rerouted from populated areas to farmland.

NEXUS wants to build 255 miles of 36-inch pipeline — 208 miles in Ohio and 47 in Michigan — from eastern Ohio to a large gas facility in Ontario, Canada. The pipeline's capacity is 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day, enough for 15,000 homes for a year.

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