By Andrew Keller
GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) –
The controversy continues to swirl over the E.T. Rover’s proposed natural gas pipeline path. That path is an 800-mile project that could cut through some local land.
“Most of the stuff Rover has put out has been wishy-washy, strong arm stuff that should never be allowed to exist,” said Hadley Township resident Ken Abeare.
“There’s wonderful benefits. It’s going to produce 10,000 construction jobs instantly,” said Kevin Groeb of U.A. Local 190.
The E.T. Rover project is in the works to transport gas from Pennsylvania and West Virginia through Ohio and Michigan and ultimately to Canada. It would include transport in Shiawassee, Genesee, Oakland and Lapeer counties.
“Seventy-eight percent of the gas that transports through Rover will be delivered for consumption in the U.S.,” E.T. Rover Spokesperson Vicki Granado said.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission administered Wednesday’s meeting to collect public input as they consider giving the OK to E.T. Rover to start construction on the $4.3 billion project. It’s drawing great concerns from many landowners, concerns about property value, impact and safety of the gas line.
“The fact is, I don’t want rumors. I just want to know,” Hadley Township resident Robert Kaplan said.
“E.T. Rover is not a legacy I want left for future generations in Lapeer County,” resident Linda Barber said.
But others said they believe the construction of the pipeline could be of great benefit to the state.
“If working families in Michigan are going to fully benefit from the U.S. energy boom, we need to get more of that energy to our state. Rover will bring that to our doorsteps,” said Michigan Teamsters legislative director Bill Black.
“Statistically speaking, pipelines are the safest mode of transportation we have,” Brigham McCown, the chairman for the Alliance of Innovation and Infrastructure said.
FERC ultimately holds the keys to whether the project will get the go-ahead. If E.T. Rover is granted the permits, construction on the pipeline is slated to be complete by 2017.
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