Gas company plans new pipeline under St. Clair River

Mar 12, 2012

Plans are underway for a natural gas company to construct a pipeline under the St. Clair River into Canada, stretching some 1,500 feet.

More from the Associated Press:

"A bike path in Marysville will be closed to the public as Bluewater Gas Storage LLC conducts the work. The project is expected to last about a month. The bike path will be used as a staging area, rather than using people's yards or driveways."

Holly Setter with the Times Herald of Port Huron writes that Bluewater currently leases a similar pipeline but that agreement is set to expire in January of next year. But Setter reports the plan has yet to be finalized:

"According to information available through Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bluewater Gas Storage has yet to be granted permission to build the 12-inch pipeline from Marysville to midway across the St. Clair River. The company applied for permission in January and has requested approval no later than May 31 to avoid an interruption in service."

Last year, Setter writes, Marysville granted path access for a similar project carried out by Enbridge Energy Co.---a company that took heat over its responsibility for a major oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in 2010.

As part of their agreement with Marysville, Bluewater will replace the section of the path it uses upon completion of construction.

-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom