State Rep. Kurt Heise, R-Plymouth, has introduced a bill to exempt information about energy infrastructure from the Michigan Freedom of Information Act.

Lawmakers seek to make pipeline information harder to obtain

A group of Republican lawmakers say they’re only trying to protect Michigan’s energy infrastructure from terrorists. But critics see a much less noble motive for a bill introduced last week in Lansing — namely, making it easier for oil and gas companies to operate in secrecy, keeping information about pipeline safety from the public. HB 4540, introduced by Rep. Kurt Heise of Plymouth, would exempt various information about energy infrastructure from the Michigan Freedom of Information Act. According to the bill’s text, the information that could be kept secret includes anything that “relates details about the production, generation, transportation, transmission, or distribution of fuel or energy” or information that “could be useful to a person in planning an attack on critical energy infrastructure.” Heise told the Detroit Free Press in a story published Friday that “we do not want people who may have ill intent to be able to locate the exact location of underground utilities, the pumps and surface machinery that may exist with those underground utilities, so they are protected from harm.” Continue Reading

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

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

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

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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

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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

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