Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity

On August 25, 2017, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to construct and operate the NEXUS interstate natural gas pipeline project. This approval authorizes NEXUS, subject to certain conditions, to proceed with final preparations to commence construction activities and to place the project in service in 2018.

Order Issuing Certificates and Granting Abandonment

NEXUS Gas Transmission Project Receives FERC Certificate

FERC Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)

On November 30th, FERC issued a Final Environmental Impact Statement (“FEIS”) for the project.

The FEIS is FERC Environmental Staff’s evaluation of all environmental impacts of the project’s construction and operation. The FEIS was prepared by FERC staff and its independent expert consultants, taking into consideration the information NEXUS has provided in its Certificate Application and supplemental filings, as well as input from landowners, communities, key stakeholders and environmental permitting agencies.

The FEIS notes that while construction will temporarily affect the environment, the environmental impacts would be less than significant in light of the project’s proposed mitigation and other mitigation measures recommended by FERC Environmental Staff.

1 Final Environmental Impact Statement

2 Appendices A-D

3 Appendices E1-E4

4 Appendix E5 Part 1

5 Appendix E5 Part 2

6 Appendices F-Q

7 Appendix R Part 1

8 Appendix R Part 2

9 Appendix R Part 3

10 Appendix R Part 4

On September 13, 2016 NEXUS submitted a supplemental filing to address certain points raised during the public comment period on the DEIS to provide additional information or perspective to assist in FERC’s National Environmental Policy Act Review Process.

NEXUS Response to DEIS Comments

On September 9, 2016, NEXUS entered into a Precedent Agreement with Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. for firm transportation service to be provided to Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc. on the NEXUS Project. On September 14, 2016, NEXUS submitted the executed Precedent Agreement to FERC as a supplement to the NEXUS Certificate Application

NEXUS / Columbia Gas of Ohio Precedent Agreement Transmittal Letter

On August 26, 2016 NEXUS filed responses to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to supplement prior submissions and address certain elements of the DEIS where additional information may be helpful.

NEXUS Responses to Draft Environmental Impact Statement

NEXUS Vol-II-A ATT-5 Response 14a-3 Part 1

NEXUS Vol-II-A ATT-5 Response14a-3 Part 2

NEXUS Vol-II-A ATT-7 Response29

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet Index

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet 1 OF 8

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet 2 OF 8

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet 3 OF 8

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet 4 OF 8

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet 5 OF 8

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet 6 OF 8

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet 7 OF 8

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Alignment Sheet 8 OF 8

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Full-sized USGS Quad Map Index

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Full Sized USGS 1 of 2

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 Full Sized USGS 2 of 2

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 NWI Map Index

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 NWI Maps 1 of 2

NEXUS Vol-II-B ATT-4 NWI Maps 2 of 2

On July 8, 2016 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as a part of its formal environmental review of the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project.

In conjunction with the issuance of the DEIS, FERC also announced it plans to hold six public comment meetings along the route in order to receive comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement

NEXUS DEIS Volume I

NEXUS DEIS Volume II 1 of 4 Appendices A to D

NEXUS DEIS Volume II 2 of 4 Appendix E Part 1

NEXUS DEIS Volume II 3 of 4 Appendix E Part 2

NEXUS DEIS Volume II 4 of 4 Appendices F to P

FERC Formal Application

On March 3, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued an environmental information request to the NEXUS Gas Transmission Project as a part of their formal environmental review of the project.

In compliance with the request, NEXUS issued responses to FERC on March 18, 2016.

Responses to the March 3, 2016 FERC Environmental Data Request

On November 20, 2015, NEXUS Gas Transmission (NEXUS) submitted an Application for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and was assigned docket number CP16-22-000. 

The FERC application initiates the agency’s formal environmental review of the Project as the lead federal agency charged with coordinating National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance in reviewing pipeline certificate applications. During this period, FERC will evaluate all potential environmental impacts, as well as the company’s plans to address and minimize these impacts.

Through the formal review, FERC will determine if NEXUS will be issued a certificate of public convenience and necessity.

NEXUS Formal Certificate Application

In addition, NEXUS filed the below final resource reports as part of the formal FERC application, which include extensive environmental data, and discussion of the preferred route and reroutes considered.  

Resource Report 1 – General Project Description

Resource Report 1 – General Project Description (APP 1C2)

Resource Report 2 – Water Use and Quality

Resource Report 3 – Fish, Wildlife, and Vegetation

Resource Report 4 – Cultural Resources

Resource Report 5 – Socioeconomics

Resource Report 6 – Geological Resources

Resource Report 7 – Soils

Resource Report 7 – Soils (APP 7B 1 of 4)

Resource Report 7 – Soils (APP 7B 2 of 4)

Resource Report 7 – Soils (APP 7B 3 of 4)

Resource Report 7 – Soils (APP 7B 4 of 4)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8A 1 of 6)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8A 2 of 6)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8A 3 of 6)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8A 4 of 6)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8A 5 of 6)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8A 6 of 6)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8C 1 of 7)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8C 2 of 7)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8C 3 of 7)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8C 4 of 7)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8C 5 of 7)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8C 6 of 7)

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics (APP 8C 7 of 7)

Resource Report 9 – Air and Noise Quality

Resource Report 10 – Alternatives

Resource Report 10 – Alternatives (Figure 10.5-1)

Resource Report 10 – Alternatives (Figure 10.5-2

Resource Report 10 – Alternatives (Figure 10.6-1)

Resource Report 11 – Reliability and Safety

Resource Report 12 – PCB Contamination

Final resource reports regarding the NEXUS project are available at local libraries in Ohio and Michigan. To find a location near you, please review the following lists:

NEXUS Community Library List

Ferc Pre-File Process

On January 9, 2015, the Director of the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued a letter approving the request to use the pre-filing review process for the NEXUS Project. The proposed project has been assigned docket number PF15-10-000. The docket can be accessed through the FERC website, www.ferc.gov, using the “eLibrary” link and entering the project’s docket number.

The FERC Pre-file process will facilitate early public consultation and involvement in evaluating the proposed NEXUS project facilities prior to submitting a formal application to FERC during the 4th quarter of 2015. The FERC Pre-filing process provides landowners, government agencies and other interested stakeholders an early opportunity to review project information and to identify issues or concerns before a formal Certificate Application is submitted to the FERC or other permit applications are made.

Scoping Process

As part of the Pre-file process, FERC is conducting a comprehensive review of environmental impacts that could result from the construction and operation of the proposed facilities in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. As part of its review, FERC issued a Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and initiate a public scoping period.

During the scoping period, FERC is encouraging the public and agencies to provide comments on potential environmental issues by May 22, 2015. Comments may be submitted verbally or in writing at the public Scoping Meetings; electronically on FERC’s website (www.ferc.gov) using the eComment or the feature under the link to Documents and Filings; or by mail to this address:

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

888 First Street NE, Room 1A

Washington, DC 20426

FERC will continue to accept comments after the scoping period.

NEXUS Response To FERC Filings

Resource Reports

Draft environmental reports are submitted early during the Pre-filing process to give stakeholders, agencies and the FERC an opportunity to review the information and provide comments prior to our formal application submittal in 4th quarter of 2015. This is a normal part of the FERC pre-filing process, designed to ensure that the formal application for the proposed project is thorough and complete. The FERC and other stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to provide comments regarding the proposed project and environmental reports that will be evaluated and addressed in the final environmental reports that will be included in the formal FERC Application submittal late in 2015

Resource Report 1 – General Project Description 1 of 2

Resource Report 1 – General Project Description 2 of 2

Resource Report 2 – Water Use and Quality

Resource Report 3 – Fish, Wildlife, and Vegetation

Resource Report 4 – Cultural Resources

Resource Report 5 – Socioeconomics

Resource Report 6 – Geological Resources

Resource Report 7 – Soils

Resource Report 8 – Land Use, Recreation and Aesthetics

Resource Report 8 – Appendix 1 of 2

Resource Report 8 – Appendix 2 of 2

Resource Report 9 – Air and Noise Quality

Resource Report 10 – Alternatives

Resource Report 10 – Figures 1 of 2

Resource Report 10 – Figures 2 of 2

Resource Report 11 – Reliability and Safety

Resource Report 12 – PCB Contamination

 

Alignment Sheets

Columbiana, Stark, Summit, Wayne

Wayne, Medina, Lorain, Erie, Sandusky

Sandusky, Wood, Lucas, Henry, Fulton

Lenawee, Monroe, Washtenaw

 

January 2015

Resource Report 1 – General Project Description

Resource Report 10 – Alternatives

 

NEXUS Monthly Progress Reports

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – October 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – September 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – August 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – July 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – June 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – May 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – April 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – March 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – February 2015

NEXUS Monthly Progress Report – January 2015

FERC Resources

FERC Website

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Send Comments to FERC

The easiest way to express your support to FERC is by clicking on the link below to use the eComment feature located on the Commission’s website. This is an easy method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project.

FERC eComment

Should you prefer to send a hard copy letter of support to FERC, please use the project reference and address below:

NEXUS Gas Transmission Project,
FERC Docket No. CP16-22-000

Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street NE, Room 1A
Washington, DC 20426