A map of the proposed Nexus pipeline.

Federal regulators to host Nexus Pipeline meeting on Tuesday

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is hosting a public meeting next week to collect input on plans for the Nexus Gas Transmission pipeline, which would run through Lenawee County. The meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St., Tecumseh. The meeting is a scoping session, the purpose of which is to let people weigh in on what issues FERC should consider when it conducts its environmental study on a proposed project. For more information about the approval process for a gas pipeline, see this story we published last year about the Rover Pipeline. There are now three companies trying to get permission to run transmission pipelines through Lenawee County: Kinder Morgan (the Utopia East project), Spectra Energy (Nexus) and Energy Transfer Partners (Rover). 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

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