Letter to the Editor

NEXUS project will cause damage, harm

Over the last two weeks Wood County Judge Reeve Kelsey and Fulton County Judge James Barber ruled in favor of a temporary restraining order allowing the NEXUS Gas Transmission to finish its survey work, removing another road block to the coming pipeline.

A deadly killer is about to be built in Lucas County: the NEXUS natural gas compressor station proposed for Moosman Drive at Neapolis Waterville and State Route 24. According to Wilma Subra, former vice-chair of the EPA’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, all natural gas compressor stations are huge emitters of toxic pollutants affecting, on average, up to a five-mile radius. They emit volatile organics such as hazardous formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene into the air which then accumulates on the ground and migrates into the area streams and ground water.

The immediate area around the compressor station will experience increased noise, toxic emissions, and noisy blow downs that release natural gas into the atmosphere. The 28,000 HP compressor station is fueled by natural gas. The natural gas used in the NEXUS pipeline is from the fracked Marcellus Shale noted for its high RA226 and RA228 radioactive radon gas, running at up to 30 picocuries (most conventional natural gas is at a safe 2.7 picocuries).

This Waterville-Whitehouse area will become a cancer hotspot in the future.

The two area judges ruled that this NEXUS project is in the general public interest. I see nothing but irreparable injury and unjustifiable harm for all.

Paul Wohlfarth

Ottawa Lake, Mich.

NEXUS project will cause damage, harm