To ship natural gas from Ohio to Midwest markets, three companies, including DTE Energy, plan to build a pipeline through Michigan.
According to DTE Energy spokesman Len Singer, the $1.2 billion-$1.5 billion pipelines is expected to be in use by the end of 2015. The 250-mile-long pipeline will carry 1 billion ft³ of natural gas per day from the Utica Shale in northeastern Ohio to Canada.
Even though the pipeline by Enbridge spilt almost 1 million gallons of oil in Marshall in 2010 and a company in Calgary shut down a section of pipeline in late July after spilling around 1,200-plus barrels of oil in Wisconsin, DTE has gone ahead to partner with Enbridge as oil pipelines are different from natural gas ones, added Singer.
All three companies will elicit commitments from local distribution companies, power companies and large users to figure out how wide the pipeline should be. They are all geared up now to finalize a plan and to make it a reality!