August 16, 2016

Michigan Chemistry Council Voices Support for Rover Final EIS

The Adrian Daily Telegram recently published a letter to the editor from John Dulmes, Executive Director of the Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC), in which he voices his organization’s support for the Rover Pipeline. Natural gas is critically important to the energy-intensive chemical manufacturing industry, and particularly in the Midwest. As Mr. Dulmes writes:

“The Michigan Chemistry Council (MCC) was extremely encouraged to see FERC take this important step in the approval process of this project. Our region currently suffers from a dearth in midstream pipeline infrastructure — while a wealth of domestic natural gas is in production in the Marcellus and Utica shale formations, businesses and manufacturers in Michigan are unable to tap into those resources. Projects like the Rover Pipeline would readily improve that access, providing our energy-intensive members with affordable natural gas to help produce the many everyday consumer products that people rely on.”

As Mr. Dulmes goes on to relate, the MCC and its members were thoroughly encouraged to see the Federal Energy Commission’s release of the Rover Pipeline’s final environmental impact statement:

“The decision to approve the Rover Pipeline now rests with the four FERC commissioners. While there is no formal deadline in place, a ruling could arrive in the next three to four months. The MCC encourages FERC commissioners to undertake a timely review during the coming months in order to catalyze development of the Rover Pipeline and the many benefits it stands to carry to Michigan.”

CEPI applauds MCC for its continuing vocal support of the responsible development of our region’s energy infrastructure. Further, we reiterate Mr. Dulmes’ desire for a timely conclusion of the Rover Pipeline’s review – we encourage FERC commissioners to approve Rover in order to jumpstart the many benefits for chemical manufacturers and the region at large.