Court Rejects Lansing's Appeal on Pipeline

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

The Michigan Court of Appeals says the city of Lansing's can't prevent Wolverine Pipeline from building a gasoline pipeline through the city's south side.

This is Round 3 in court on this issue. The legislature passed a law in 2005 specifically because the city had convinced the court they had a right to say no. The new law says city's can't prevent utilities from going through in certain circumstances.

Now, the city says that law conflicts with the state constitution. They'll go to the State Supreme Court to override the Court of Appeals.

"We're the ones who are going to be left to pick up the pieces when there is a problem...and we're gonna stand up for that right in the Supreme Court," Mayor Virg Bernero said Wednesday.

Wolverine argues the pipeline is the safest and most efficient way to provide gas to 29 counties. Their spokesman, Tom Shields, say the city is being unreasonable, advocated a "Not in My Backyard" philosophy.


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  • by Rick Location: DeWitt on May 10, 2007 at 09:39 AM
    There is a Wolverine pipe not far from me and I ain't worried. Heck, I get more worried about the Natural Gas pipelines. No one apparently has told the City of Lansing about a natural gas explosion in Laingsburg some years ago, and Lansing has more then a handful of the same size running through it to feed it's heating needs. They never did find a full 1/4 mile of that pipeline after the explosion. Plus, Lansing has ZERO control over the MDOT CONTROLLED highway.
  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on May 10, 2007 at 05:43 AM
    If you think the pipeline is safe, and that Wolverine will be a good neighbor, just talk to the hundreds of people in Jackson whose homes and property were devalued and whose water became undrinkable thanks to the spill caused by Wolverine's lack of oversight. Wolverine only became a "good neighbor" after those residents were forced to hire attorneys, and after the damage was already done.
  • by Jim Location: Dimondale on May 9, 2007 at 08:09 PM
    I live only several hundred feet from the proposed pipeline route. Bring it on I'm not afraid. Michigan has so many laws and regulations do you really think the pipeline won't be safe? Just think of all the money for permits. And then the jobs and taxes. Virg, stay downtown and worry about your gas lines under the rainforest money pit. Your wasting my good hard earned tax dollars fighting the pipeline. The pipeline is a worthy project and you should support it and help make it happen.
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