It’s a scene that’s leaving local residents sitting on pins and needles: Someone coming onto your property without your approval – with armed guards.
“I denied you access. Why do you still show up?”
Jonathan Strong, of Medina, found surveyors checking out his private property for the proposed NEXUS natural gas pipeline and captured the confrontation on video. But the concerns have traveled to Summit County where some this week are spending their days…waiting.
“There has been homeowners who are afraid to leave their house or go to the grocery store because they’re afraid they’re not going to be there to tell them to leave,” said Green resident Tammy Daly.
Daly has been an outspoken opponent of the NEXUS pipeline and has voiced her concerns of having the pipeline close to her home in Green. She’s been on alert for surveyors around her neighborhood and has even called the Summit County Sheriff’s Office when she comes across any suspicious activity.
Sheriff’s Inspector Bill Holland confirmed that the department has received a handful of calls, but none since the city of Green’s law department recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to NEXUS.
The past few days have been filled with uncertainty and tension as property owners fight the proposal to bring in the more than 250-mile pipeline through densely populated areas in Ohio, Michigan and into Canada.
Residents have been expressing their concerns about surveyors on their property – but also about their fears when it comes to how safe a pipeline would be in their neighborhood.
“It’s going to explode. The line’s going to explode,” said Daly.
It’s concerns related to safety and its effect on the environment that federal agencies are examining. In fact, the staff at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a statement Wednesday stating that if NEXUS were to follow additional environmental guidelines proposed by its agency and others, NEXUS would be closer to its goal.
But until a decision is final, homeowners say they plan to continue the fight.