GENESEE COUNTY, MI – An agreement signed with another pipeline company will eliminate the need for the proposed ET Rover natural gas pipeline to be built through several Michigan counties, according to a release by the company on Monday, Feb. 2.
“Rover Pipeline, LLC is pleased to announce it has signed a contract with Vector Pipeline and its affiliates for firm transportation capacity to deliver gas to markets in Michigan and the Union Gas Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada, as part of the Rover Pipeline project,” the release states. “The capacity arrangement with Vector eliminates the need for Rover to build its pipeline through Michigan’s Shiawassee, Genesee, Lapeer, Oakland St. Clair, and Macomb counties.”
Vector pipeline has a pipeline that extends through Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Canada. It’s not immediately certain what Michigan counties it goes through or if ET Rover would still be building pipeline through Michigan to meet the Vector pipeline.
The last detailed plans for the ET Rover Pipeline did call for it to go through Lenawee and Washtenaw counties.
ET Rover Spokeswoman Vicki Granado could not be reached for comment.
The agreement will eliminate 110 miles of pipeline through Michigan as well as the Canadian portion entirely, according to the release.
The ET Rover project would still be designed to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day, with 1.3 billion cubic feet transported to Michigan and/or Canada, according to the company.
With the modifications to the plan, ET Rover is anticipating giving a final proposed route to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in mid-February.
“Pending regulatory approval, Rover is still expected to be in service from the production areas to the Midwest Hub near Defiance, Ohio, by the end of 2016, and from the Midwest Hub to markets in Michigan and the Union Gas Dawn Hub by mid-2017,” according to the release from the company.
The plan for a pipeline to go into parts of southern Genesee County and northern Oakland County was announced in mid-2014, but public meetings on the issue prompted confusion and frustration by many residents.
In one case, a man with a shotgun confronted a survey crew on his land in October in Mundy Township.
Still, local officials and ET Rover held meetings regarding the proposed pipeline, although in many cases, residents maintained concern about the project.
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