Daily Show on pipeline eminent domain

Watch Jon Stewart take on the use of eminent domain for pipelines

For the past several months, we’ve been following the story of the Rover Pipeline, a proposed natural gas transmission line that would pass through Lenawee County. As many readers already know, if the pipeline is approved by federal regulators — in a processs that includes a public meeting scheduled for Dec. 1 at Adrian High School — landowners along the route will find they have no real influence on whether the pipeline goes through their property. That makes this recent Daily Show segment about the use of eminent domain for a different pipeline project — the Keystone Pipeline XL — doubly interesting. It’s not hard to find lawmakers who will rail against eminent domain … Continue Reading

Holiday Light Parade

Adrian’s Christmas parade is December 5

Downtown Adrian will host a Holiday Lights Parade on the first Friday in December. The parade, which is being organized this year by the Adrian First Fridays committee, will start at 6:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. Lineup will begin at 6 p.m. at the outdoor pavilion on Toledo Street. The parade will go first to Broad Street, then travel south on Broad Street to Maumee Street, turning right on Maumee to pass through the Four Corners and then continue to Comstock Park for the lighting of the Comstock Christmas Riverwalk. Continue Reading

This map from a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission filing shows the route of a proposed natural gas pipeline to Ontario. The pipeline would pass through Lenawee County.

Federal regulators seek input on Rover Pipeline project

Federal regulators studying the proposed Rover Pipeline, a natural gas transmission line that would run through Lenawee County, are seeking public input before their environmental review of the project. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will accept public comments through Dec. 18 during what’s known as a “scoping period.” Comments will be accepted at a series of public meetings, including one at Adrian High School on Dec. 1. Here are the public input meetings scheduled for Michigan:

Chelsea: Thursday, Nov. Continue Reading

Members of the Fair Trade Committee at Adrian College are pictured with some of the items now sold in the bookstore. Pictured in front are: Emily Toupalik, Maddie Fox, Michaela Barnhart, Magenta Binion and Carolyn Wirtz. In the back are: Jennifer Ellsworth, Deborah Field and Chris Momany.

Students’ and faculty members’ activism brings Fair Trade products to college

What is “fair trade” and why is it important? Deborah Field, a history professor at Adrian College, is passionate about the answer. “I think it’s important because, whether or not we realize it, our choices do have an impact on the rest of the world,” Field said.  “’Fair trade’ is a way to ensure that we are supporting sustainability and fair wages, rather than the exploitation of other people and the environment.”

Field’s enthusiasm is shared by a number of students, faculty and staff. Senior writing major Emily Toupalik recalled getting involved in the Fair Trade cause through another organization, “Not For Sale.”

“Before I came to Adrian College, I was completely unaware that slavery was still a foundation for a lot of industries today and that the legislation in place wasn’t effective,” Toupalik said. Continue Reading

In wake of Toledo water crisis, a shout-out to former city administrator for work on well field

Last weekend’s water crisis in Toledo — which affected about 125,000 locations in four counties and about 500,000 people — led Adrian city commissioner Jerry Gallatin to thank former city administrator Dane Nelson for his work on diversifying Adrian’s water supply. During comments at Monday’s city commission meeting, Gallatin said Nelson should be recognized for having the foresight to push for a second water source for the city, so that Adrian residents wouldn’t be wholly dependent on water from Lake Adrian. “At the time, I know it wasn’t a real popular decision with a lot of citizens,” Gallatin said, referring to the city’s Hamilton Highway well field, where four production wells now supply the majority of Adrian’s water. Current administrator Shane Horn agreed, calling it a “monumental decision” comparable to the decision in the early 1940s to create Lake Adrian. “Probably people thought they were crazy at that time,” he said. Continue Reading

Adrian unaffected by Toledo-area water problems

For anybody who didn’t know: The water crisis in Toledo does not affect Adrian or any other communities in Lenawee County. Adrian’s water comes from Lake Adrian and from a well field on Hamilton Highway. A map of the affected areas can be found here on the Facebook page of Toledo Free Press. Continue Reading

An inspection earlier this year by the EPA found vapor leaks at Savoy Energy's oil processing location in Adrian.

EPA report: Inspectors found vapor leaks at Adrian oil facility

A federal inspection of an oil processing facility in Adrian this spring found several components that were leaking vapor, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report, but the EPA has not yet issued a determination of whether the Clean Air Act was violated. According to the report, which was first published on the Adrian Oil and Gas blog, the EPA inspected Savoy Energy’s facility on the north side of Adrian on April 28 in response to a citizen complaint of odor and adverse health effects. The report, written by EPA environmental scientist Natalie Topinka, states that the inspection found a few small leaks at the facility’s compressor, a leak from the pressure relief valve in the tanks’ vapor recovery system, and a leak from the “thief hatch” of another oil tank. (A thief hatch allows access to tanks for sampling purposes, and also acts as a safety valve in case of too much pressure.)

Leaks were also observed from the thief hatches of three out of four water tanks. According to the report, Topinka expressed concern to Savoy’s operations manager that “the pressure relief valves and thief hatches were not properly weighted.” Vapors should go first to the flare, she wrote, then to the pressure relief valves if there is too much pressure, and finally to the thief hatches. Continue Reading


Is the Rover Pipeline needed? Detroit Free Press reports company sold off excess capacity two years ago

From the Detroit Free Press comes this story questioning whether the proposed Rover Pipeline is really needed — and using the pipeline company’s own words to do so. The Rover Pipeline would be a major transmission pipeline carrying natural gas through several southeast Michigan counties, including Lenawee. It is being proposed by the ET Rover Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners. Here’s what the Free Press said in a story published July 21:
The energy company that wants to build a mega, multi-state natural gas pipeline through six southeast Michigan counties on its way to Sarnia, Ontario, because of what it called “growing markets,” had argued just the opposite when it sold an existing line to another company less than two years ago because it said the capacity wasn’t needed. As the Free Press story mentions, the apparent reversal was first noted by Jeffrey Insko, an Oakland County landowner who runs a blog about pipeline issues. Continue Reading


Link Roundup: Coverage of the Rover natural gas pipeline through Lenawee County

Here’s a collection of recent stories about the proposed Rover Pipeline project, which would run from the drilling operations of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania to Ontario, passing through Lenawee County along the way. This list includes both our own coverage and stories from other media outlets and blogs that have been covering the issue. Our coverage:

Residents pack open house for Rover Pipeline information (July 15)
13 questions and answers about the Rover Pipeline project (July 10)
Proposed natural gas pipeline would pass through Lenawee County (July 7)

You can continue to find all stories we publish about the Rover Pipeline at this link: adriantoday.com/tag/rover-pipeline. Coverage from other sources:

Open house in Chelsea draws dozens to learn about proposed natural gas pipeline (Jim Pruitt, Washtenaw Now, July 20):
A proposed natural gas pipeline that is slated to run through portions of Washtenaw and Lenawee counties drew a chilly response at an open house on the matter. … Several people who came to the Village Community Center in Chelsea July 15 were disappointed the event was an open house and not a presentation. Continue Reading

People gather around a table with maps of the proposed Rover Pipeline during an open house at the Village Conference Center in Chelsea.

Residents pack open house for Rover Pipeline information

Area residents packed the Village Conference Center in Chelsea this evening for an open house put on by the company seeking to run a natural gas transmission pipeline through southeast Michigan. Map books displayed at the open house gave a more detailed look at the pipeline’s possible path than the map the company has published on its website and filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The pipeline’s proposed path through Lenawee County starts just east of Morenci, then heads roughly north-northeast. It crosses M-34 between Sword and Whig highways, then crosses U.S. 223 just east of Whig and runs to the west of Adrian. It crosses M-50 just west of Tipton, then heads northeast and then north again to the Washtenaw County line. Continue Reading