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Pipeline replacement plants raises ire of Ohio community

August 24, 2019 GMT

GREEN, Ohio (AP) — A company planning to replace a half-mile (.8 kilometer) section of a high-pressure natural gas pipeline because it runs through a more heavily populated area than originally calculated has refreshed the ire of a community that fought to stop its construction.

The Akron Beacon Journal reports a spokesman for Calgary-based Enbridge says the pipeline segment being replaced in northeast Ohio’s city of Green needs thicker walls to meet “regulatory requirements.”

Plans to build the pipeline, which became operational in October, faced opposition throughout its 255-mile route across northern Ohio into Michigan. Nowhere was that opposition more fervent than in Green, which eventually accepted $7.5 million to settle lawsuits to the chagrin of residents and some City Council members.

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Resident Diane Petralla says she’s “disgusted” and hopes to move from Green.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com

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