Officials: Natural gas line poses minimal risk for Detroit

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Federal officials say a proposed natural gas pipeline from Ohio into southeast Michigan would create a minimal environmental impact.
The Detroit News reports the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released an environmental assessment this week that said the Nexus project would create "some adverse environmental impacts," but that mitigation efforts would reduce them to "less-than-significant levels."
The more than 250-mile underground line would distribute natural gas from Kensington, Ohio, to Ypsilanti, where it would hook into DTE Energy's system.
With the commission's approval, DTE and Ontario/Houston-based partner Spectra Energy's Nexus Gas Transmission LLC now only require a certificate from the federal agency to begin work.
Nancy Shiffler, who chairs the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, says the organization will continue to challenge the project on environmental grounds.