ANN ARBOR — State Representatives Adam F. Zemke (D-Ann Arbor) and David Rutledge (D-Superior Township) are highlighting a town hall-style meeting on a proposed natural gas pipeline that will run through House Districts 54 and 55. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which oversees and approves interstate pipelines, will hold a meeting on Tuesday, May 5, from 6-10 p.m. at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts, 400 N. Maumee St. in Tecumseh.
“Public input is crucial when it comes to infrastructure decisions, especially in this case when there are environmental concerns,” Zemke said. “This is the only meeting that FERC will hold in Michigan, so I strongly urge interested individuals to attend.”
Speaker signup will begin at 5 p.m., with the comment period beginning at 6 p.m. FERC staff will make a brief presentation about its review process, after which individuals will be called for comment. Comments will be limited to three minutes. Written comments can also be submitted.
“Federal officials use public comment as part of their review process to determine whether a pipeline will be built, and the route it will take,” Rutledge said. “No one knows a community’s local environment better than its people, which is why it’s so important that Washtenaw County residents voice their concerns.”
DTE Energy and Spectra Energy are developing the NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline, which would run 250 miles from eastern Ohio into Southeast Michigan. Those who are unable to attend can send a letter to Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First St. NE, Room 1A, Washington, D.C. 20426. FERC also accepts comments online at http://ferconline.ferc.gov/QuickComment. Use docket number PF15-10-000.