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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