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

This photo by Jeffrey Insko, an Oakland Township landowner who runs a blog about pipeline issues, shows a pipeline replacement near his home.

13 questions and answers about the Rover Pipeline project

As we wrote earlier this week, an energy company is looking at installing a major natural gas transmission pipeline that would pass through Lenawee County. The project, called the Rover Pipeline, is being proposed by ET Rover Pipeline Co., a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. Company representatives are holding several public meetings along the path of the proposed pipeline. The closest one to Lenawee County is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at the Comfort Inn Village Conference Center, 1645 Commerce Park Drive, Chelsea. To get answers about the project and the approval process, we turned to a variety of published sources as well as four people: Vicki Granado, a spokesperson for the pipeline company; Carl Weimer, executive director of the Pipeline Safety Trust, a watchdog group that was founded after a pipeline disaster in Washington state; Jeffrey Insko, an Oakland County resident who started a blog about pipeline issues as a result of his experiences with an Enbridge pipeline replacement project; and Tamara Young-Allen, a spokesperson for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 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.

Proposed natural gas pipeline would pass through Lenawee County

The Detroit Free Press is reporting today about a proposed natural gas pipeline that would go through Lenawee County. The project is being proposed by ET Rover Pipeline Company, which is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners. The purpose would be to carry natural gas from West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio to Ontario. The Freep reports:
The pipeline would go to a Midwest gas hub located near Defiance, Ohio, then cross into Michigan in Lenawee County; pass through Consumers Energy and DTE gas delivery points in Washtenaw and Livingston counties, respectively; before turning east in Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties and then crossing into Canada to the Union Gas Dawn hub near Sarnia. Continue Reading