On Thursday June 29th, members of Sustainable Medina County turned in 6494 signatures to the Medina County Board of Elections.
The petition campaign brought together over 60 volunteers to collect signatures to give all the people in Medina County a chance to vote on a County Charter in November. This is direct democracy by the people; what we will be celebrating over the next few days.
The Charter includes a Community Bill of Rights allowing Medina County citizens to assert their right to a clean and safe environment. With basically the same County Government in place, all Medina voters would also gain voting and referendum rights on projects initiated by industries.
Sustainable Medina County volunteers were able to get well over the required amount of signatures. After verification of these signatures, the County Board of Elections will hold a public meeting, currently scheduled for July 10th at 3pm, to present their report and vote on certifying this initiative for the November 2017 ballot.
Strengthened by the large support encountered during the signature collection, Sustainable Medina County hopes to see volunteers as well as concerned citizens for this meeting. Let’s make sure the Board of Elections gets the message loud and clear that the people of Medina County want the chance to be part of the decision and not just the four Board of Election Board Members who will vote to certify it.
Please join us July 10, 2017 Medina County Board of Elections, 3800 Stonegate Drive, Suite C. Plan to arrive by 2:50 as they will start the meeting promptly at 3:00 PM.
Sustainable Medina County
will hold a meeting :
Monday July 3d at 6:30pm
Wadsworth Library Room B
132 Broad St Wadsworth
Our partners at Sustainable Medina County have been BUSY fighting the pipeline and getting signatures for the county charter. Here is a rundown from them on related news and events from the last couple of weeks:
Thanks to our friends at Sustainable Medina County we have a lot of info to share about the Nexus Pipeline.
The photographs below show the proposed location of the NEXUS pipeline compressor station (black dot) and each circle surrounding it represents one mile (1-5 miles). Over half the City of Wadsworth is downwind from the compressor station and within the 5 mile radius. Also the compressor station will have blowdowns every 32 hours (releases pressure from the pipeline and releases toxins into the air - toxins such as benzene, toluene, radon, formaldehyde, etc. in amounts that will exceed Ohio EPA limits. The Ohio EPA will never test the air, instead they will let the company self report. No odor additive will be added to the gas so no one will smell a leak, etc. Each circle represents a one mile radius.
You can get much more information at
sustainablemecinacounty.org and NoNexus.org
Our friends at Sustainable Medina County have shared important information with us; we publish it below. It's a long and very informative read. Contact sustainablemedinacounty if you'd like to discuss this topic or other issues affecting Medina County's environment.
Release Date: Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Contact: Clifford Rowley (Member of Michigan Residents Against the ET Rover Pipeline)
Phone: (810) 516-7252
Rover Pipeline Opponents File Motion to Halt Construction, Citing Accidents and Route Changes
Formal complaint asks FERC to immediately suspend construction and re-open environmental review process
Today, grassroots citizens’ groups in Ohio and Michigan formally asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to revoke the construction permit for the ET Rover Pipeline, and to reopen the environmental analysis of its probable effects if completed.
In a lengthy motion filed today with FERC, Michigan Residents Against the ET Rover Pipeline and the Ohio-based Fresh Water Accountability Project charge that the public is losing confidence that the Rover pipeline will be built safely and reliably. The motion cites a number of concerns, including recent massive spills of drilling lubricants and other violations by contractors building the pipeline; an unannounced rerouting of the pipeline closer to Silver Lake in Washtenaw County that would endanger hundreds of permanent and seasonal residents on its shores; and an unexplained switch of compressor-station engines.
The ET Rover pipeline project is owned by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
If completed, the 42-inch-diameter Rover pipeline would carry 3.25 billion cubic feet of unscented, radioactive, hydraulically-fractured natural gas per day from shale formations in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. In Michigan it would cross Lenawee, Washtenaw and Livingston counties before joining the Vector pipeline near Howell (Livingston County) in order to export the gas to the Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.
The concerned residents who called for the motion have been engaged with the environmental review process since plans for the pipeline were first announced in 2014. Construction on the pipeline began in February after FERC issued the project a conditional Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity.
Clifford Rowley, a Putnam Township resident and member of Michigan Residents Against the ET Rover Pipeline, noted that “We are calling for a careful, thorough reassessment of the impact to the public and the environment in granting the Certificate. This is our best alternative to assure the safety of Michigan resources, Michigan homes, children at a Michigan camp, and Michigan families.”
If the motion is granted, construction on the pipeline would halt, allowing FERC and the public time to clarify the last-minute changes to Rover’s route that were made after the environmental review process closed in July 2016. Residents argue that FERC approved these changes based on false or misleading evidence that ET Rover provided to the agency. A re-opened environmental review process would allow regulators and members of the public to thoroughly consider the ramifications of the recently-altered route.
It would also give the agency time to consider recent events that residents argue show a pattern of disregard for the public trust on the company’s part. Residents say this pattern includes Energy Transfer’s carelessness that has brought 18 citations upon the company thus far in the Rover construction process; Rover’s spilling of over 2 million gallons of drilling fluid in Ohio wetlands and its indifferent response to these spills; Rover’s intentional destruction of a 173-year-old house eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places after having promised to protect it; Rover’s submission of false data in federal filings that misled regulators; and Rover’s reneging on stipulations imposed by regulators about the construction of the pipeline’s compressor stations.
This most recent development in the beleaguered pipeline project comes on the eve of Thursday’s Senate confirmation hearings for nominees to fill two vacancies on FERC. It also comes just days after 118 organizations issued a joint demand calling on FERC to halt Rover construction and conduct an internal review of the federal agency’s own pipeline approval process. Recently, FERC also ordered a temporary halt on the company’s use of the controversial drilling process that resulted in the Ohio wetland spills.
Highlights of the concerns raised in the motion:
Find out more about Michigan Residents Against ET Rover atwww.overwithrover.com, or on Facebook atfacebook.com/ETRovergohome/.
Our partners are Sustainable Medina County are hard at work as usual. Here is what they're up to and how you can help:
Help us in our fight to stop this pipeline altogether.
Many communities along the routes of proposed pipelines are initiating a COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS, which would give the people living there a voice and a right to be heard.
This pipeline is a high pressure TRANSPORT line that will not benefit anyone in Medina County. We are taking on considerable risk, with no benefits. Corporate profits is the only motive. The more pipelines, the more frenetic fracking in our state.
When you see a petition for a COMMUNITY BILL OF RIGHTS, please sign it, so that this issue can be placed on the ballot in November!
For more information, please go to:
sustainablemedinacounty.org or NoNexus.org
Image courtesy of EcoWatch, http://www.ecowatch.com/green-lawsuit-nexus-pipeline-2392368568.html
Our partners at Sustainable Medina County alerted us to an update on the Nexus Pipeline. A group of 60 people in three counties have filed a lawsuit to stop the pipeline.
You can learn more in the article in the Medina Gazette: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/05/14/Lawsuit-aims-to-stop-NEXUS-pipeline.html
Fifty people of all ages stood for two hours in the pouring rain on Medina Public Square today as part of the nationwide People's Climate March to voice their concerns about global climate change and the damage that it is already causing the environment. Although many were residents of Medina County, others traveled from Mansfield, Westlake and Euclid to be a part of this "Sister March".
Many of those in attendance also mentioned their concerns about the NEXUS Pipeline and compressor station and how that "corporate industry" will affect the health, safety and environment of Medina County residents and other residents throughout Ohio. Some of the major concerns around the pipeline include:
Even though the weather was uncooperative, there were no complaints and the chants continued and when the march concluded, the highly energized group got together at Cool Beans to connect, warm up and sign the Medina County Charter/Bill of Rights petition. All in all a very good day!
For more information about the march and some great pictures, see the article in The Medina Gazette: http://www.medina-gazette.com/Medina-County/2017/04/30/Rally-focuses-on-pipeline-environment.html
For further information as to how you can sign the Charter/Bill of Rights petition, please leave your contact information at the website sustainablemedinacounty.org
Here's a note from one of our partners, Sustainable Medina County. Their mission is to "...protect Medina County’s environment to ensure a healthy ecosystem for today’s residents and future generations."
At our meeting on April 17th we heard updates on the NEXUS and ROVER pipelines. Since we are in the second week of obtaining signatures for the Medina County/Bill of Rights initiative petition, discussion was had on the need for more circulators training new circulators. We need 5,000 valid signatures by Medina County registered voters.
Petition Circulators do not have to reside in Medina County.
The next meeting for the group is scheduled for May 1st at 6:30pm at Wadsworth Buehler’s Community Room (175 Great Oaks Trail) and all who want further updates on the NEXUS pipeline and compressor station or are interested in helping circulate petitions are welcome to attend. The proposed Medina County Charter can be found on the Sustainable Medina County website link: sustainablemedinacounty.org.
We recently organized with Medina County Together the Medina County People’s Climate March and it is scheduled for Saturday, April 29th from noon to 2pm on Medina Public Square (S. Court and W. Washington St.). All are to meet by the water fountain and are encouraged to bring signs.