The Oberlin Review

Please Don’t Feed the Pipelines

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin resident

December 11, 2015

To the Editors: As someone fully opposed to fossil fuel pipelines, I am thrilled that the city of Oberlin is able to engage the help of such an experienced attorney as Carolyn Elefant in litigating to prevent pipelines (not merely rerouting them). We need all the help that we can get. What still needs editorial focus is that Oberlin College built a new gas plant — yes, a new fossil gas-burning — when it can be expected to know better. It is precisely new gas plants — like Oberlin College’s — that “demand” gas from pipelines. Please don’t feed the pipelines. Consider Ball State University in Indiana — much less famous than Oberlin and much bigger, with around 21,000 students — which fac...

Students, Communities Protest Proposed Pipeline

Eliza Guinn

November 13, 2015

The fight to stop the NEXUS pipeline continues, as Communities for Safe and Sustainable Energy and Students for Energy Justice join forces with landowners along the route of the proposed pipeline to prevent its construction. According to John Elder, a member of Communities for Safe and Sustainable Energy, the pipeline must be operational by this time next year for the company to meet its contracts. “They’re under a lot of pressure to get this done,” Elder said. The proposed pipeline will pass very close to Reserve Avenue, but according to Elder, that road doesn’t actually appear on the provided map at all. “People looking at it don’t realize there’s a street with houses all along it,” he ...

Organization Proposes a Pipeline Reroute

Sarah Conner, Staff Writer

April 10, 2015

The Coalition to Reroute NEXUS presented an alternate route for the NEXUS Pipeline to the Lorain County Commissioners on April 1, continuing the debate surrounding the path of the pipeline — a 250-mile Spectra Energy project which crosses through Ohio, Michigan and Canada. If NEXUS accepts, the proposal will move the project’s path slightly south of the original expected route and prevent the pipeline from crossing through Oberlin. Paul Gierosky, a member of CORN, said the proposal would minimize the pipeline’s interference with wetlands and structures such as houses and schools. “The proposal that we made used industry standard software — the same software that NEXUS is using — to manage our route,”...

KXL Gives Hope for Further Legislation

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

February 27, 2015

Although I’m not usually a fan of dramatic and symbolic political acts, I couldn’t help but feel pleased on Tuesday night when President Obama kept to his word and vetoed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, NE. Despite the expected outcome, the news still left me feeling cheerful. After just a few months of the new Republican-majority Congress, I was already down in the dumps about the state of our nation and its grave problems of social and environmental justice. The vetoing of the pipeline is a symbolic rallying point for moderate Democrats and extreme environmentalists alike, and possibly the first in a wave of environmental reforms that have been lacking...

Keystone XL Debate Prioritizes Politics over Economic, Environmental Realities

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer

December 5, 2014

In navigating the political obstacle course necessary for its approval, the Keystone XL pipeline has all but proved itself “the little pipeline that could.” At this point, the pipeline’s creation seems almost inevitable. Though a bill to approve the construction of the pipeline was defeated in the Senate on Nov. 18, Republicans have vowed to revive it when they take control of the Senate in January. The New York Times called the Keystone XL controversy “one of the most fractious and expensive battles of the Obama presidency,” and now there is speculation that the president may not veto the bill if — or when — it passes in 2015. It’s been a long road for the proposed pipeline, which almost quietly gained...

The proposed NEXUS pipeline will run through northeast Ohio and into Michigan. According to certain Oberlin community members and city officials, Spectra Energy, the company behind the pipeline, has provided conflicting
information on the details of the project.

Pipeline to Transport Gas through Oberlin

November 14, 2014

Spectra Energy has moved forward with its plan to build a 250-mile gas pipeline through Oberlin. Spectra, an S&P 500 company, plans on investing up to $1.5 billion into the NEXUS pipeline, which would span from upper Ohio to Ontario and deliver up to 2 billion cubic feet of gas to the Midwest and Canada every day. Earlier this month, the City Council submitted its Community Bill of Rights informing Spectra that they consider the pipeline illegal. Spectra’s responses — which, accor...

Unanimous Vote by Council Retracts Support for Pipeline

Sarah Conner

October 31, 2014

Oberlin City Council unanimously voted last Monday in favor of retracting support from the NEXUS pipeline, a project led by DTE Energy and Spectra Energy. The pipeline would span nearly 250 miles from upper Ohio to Ontario and deliver up to 2 billion cubic feet of gas to the Midwest and Canada every day. As of now it is uncertain whether or not DTE Energy and Spectra Energy will choose to move forward with the installation of the pipeline. City Manager Eric Norenberg said he was concerned that they were still looking to build in Oberlin. Last fall, the community passed a bill of rights outlawing the addition of any new pipelines. Members of the community expressed concern that working with DTE and Spectra went...

Students Must Mobilize Against Proposed Pipeline Through Oberlin

CJ Blair, Columnist

October 3, 2014

Early during Orientation, another student told me that there were plans to build a natural gas pipeline that would go straight through Oberlin. When I heard this, I almost laughed, because I knew it wouldn’t happen. Surely the students of one of the world’s most politically active colleges would do everything in their power to prevent a project like this. When I joined Oberlin Anti-Frack, however, I realized that this was true only for a small group of students; the campus as a whole was far from being united and ready to mobilize against the pipeline. With several crucial dates in the battle against the Nexus Pipeline just days away, it is without question the most important time to make sure Oberlin students...

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