August 11, 2017

Washtenaw County Road Commission Accuses Nexus Pipeline of “Bullying” Tactics

Complaint submitted to FERC urges denial of Nexus application

August 11, 2017
Contact:  Nancy Shiffler, (734) 971-1157

Lansing, MI – Just as a US Senate confirmation vote re-established a quorum on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Washtenaw County Road Commission Managing Director, Roy Townsend, submitted a comment letter to FERC urging the commission to deny the current application for the Nexus natural gas pipeline.  The proposed pipeline route runs through Ohio and into Michigan’s Lenawee, Monroe and Washtenaw County.

The letter notes Nexus’ refusal to honor the County’s safety, operational, and maintenance concerns for the numerous roads the pipeline would cross: “Nexus also insists on creating driveway access points at improper, unsafe locations, even where nearby, safe locations exist, and in violation of all published safety standards.”   While noting the company’s claims that a FERC certificate would allow it to pre-empt and override local regulations, Townsend states, “Nexus repeatedly and vastly overstates the breadth of pre-emption, to the point of literally claiming Nexus can do whatever it wants, whenever it wants.”  The full text of the letter can be found at

The Road Commission is not alone in receiving this kind of treatment from Nexus.  Kathy Schoen, owner of Washtenaw County farmland along the proposed pipeline route, states, “This is the same kind of arrogant and dismissive treatment landowners and local communities have received for their safety and property concerns.  Nexus does and says whatever it takes to get what they want.

The Road Commission letter also addresses the issues of road clean up and repair:  Most shockingly, Nexus has refused any responsibility even to assure that our public roads are cleaned up and repaired after Nexus’ construction is completed.  The Road Commission’s concerns about road damage are well founded considering the collapse of M-50 in Lenawee County during Energy Transfer Partner’s construction of the Rover pipeline.