To develop a pipeline route that minimizes overall impact on landowners, the environment and cultural resources, we first conduct a series of civil and environmental surveys within a preliminary study corridor. Throughout the survey process, our survey teams evaluate the proposed route for constructability and environmental impacts, and also work closely with landowners to address their concerns.
The initial study corridor will be approximately 600 feet wide, which allows room for route adjustments to address landowner, environmental and construction related concerns. Once surveys are complete and a final route has been determined, the pipeline route will be reduced to a much narrower width – approximately 100 feet for construction and 50 feet for the permanent easement.
NEXUS works collaboratively with each landowner to perform surveys in a minimal amount of time with little to no inconvenience to their daily lives. While some states have existing laws that allow companies to access private properties for surveys, our preference is always to conduct these surveys with the landowner’s permission. Providing survey access to the property does not authorize NEXUS to build a pipeline on the property, nor does it imply that the landowner supports or agrees with the project.
Below is a brief explanation for each of the main types of surveys we will perform.