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Posted: 07/09/14

Proposed gas pipeline to
run through Bruce Twp

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      A new 600-mile pipeline is being proposed that will run through the northern section of Bruce Township.
       ET Rover Pipeline, a division of Energy Transfer Partners, is in the preliminary stages of installing a natural gas pipeline that will run alongside parts of Enbridge Energy's new 6B oil pipeline.
       Open House meetings regarding the project have been scheduled, with a meeting set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on July 15 at the Lois Wagner Memorial Library in Richmond.
       The Rover Pipeline Project will install a 42-inch natural gas pipeline for receiving gas from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio and transport it through Ohio and Michigan to the Union Gas Dawn Hub in Ontario, Canada.
       Vicki Granado, Energy Transfer spokeswoman, said the pipeline is expected to transport more than 3 billion cubic feet of gas per day once it is completed.
       About 180 miles of the pipeline is considered the Michigan Market Zone, which will begin in Ohio and work its way through six Michigan counties - beginning in Lenawee County and ending in St. Clair County - to reach Sarnia in Ontario. Around 150 miles of that will be in Michigan.
       Granado said the exact route is still being determined, so the specific path it'll take through Bruce Township won't be known for months.
       "There are parts of it that parallel the Enbridge line," she said. "Right now we're working with individual landowners to obtain right-of-way."
       Rover Pipeline has done pre-filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and will continue with the process into January 2016 with a goal of receiving certification in November.
       Construction would begin in December 2016, with the Midwest Hub to Canada tentatively scheduled for June 2017.
       ET Rover has stated that it will clean up the construction areas once the project is completed and restore the land to its original condition.
       Roughly 80 percent of the pipeline runs parallel to existing pipelines, power lines and existing roads. Approximately 80 percent of the mainline is in agricultural land.
       Bruce Township officials did not return phone calls as of print deadline.
       Another 200 miles of pipeline laterals are included in the project from natural gas processing plants. Compression and metering stations will be built along the pipeline's route.
       The project may sound familiar to Bruce Township residents already dealing with Enbridge Energy as it installs 285 miles of pipeline for its 6B line, a portion of which goes through the township.
       Residents have not viewed the project favorably due to Enbridge removing trees, causing traffic delays and reportedly rude flaggers. Conversely, Enbridge is working with law enforcement to investigate an incident on June 10 where a flagger was struck by a vehicle.
       Enbridge and the township worked out an agreement to save 12 trees along three miles of 36 Mile Road, replace 150 other trees, provide a $18,000 beautification grant for Bruce Township and restore 36 Mile Road with limestone.


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