November 5, 2015

Voters Reject Proposal To Fight Pipeline

Voters in Michigan rejected a proposal Tuesday that would have established a legal defense fund to fight the proposed Rover Pipeline. Citizens in Putnam Township, located in Livingston County, instead elected to embrace the benefits of the proposed project.

Local resident Tyler Smith weighed in on the vote earlier this week in a letter to the editor published in the Livingston Daily Press & Argus. Smith writes that the proposal “serves as nothing but a waste of elected officials’ time, community members’ resources, and, most egregiously, taxpayers’ dollars.” He goes on to say that, “The pipeline construction project will be a boon to this community and to this state, creating jobs for local laborers, providing much-needed investment for our businesses, and even generating tax revenues for Michigan.”

We agree, it makes no sense to oppose a project that will undoubtedly support local investment and create jobs. Energy infrastructure projects like the Rover Pipeline will bring valuable benefits to communities across Ohio and Michigan, including a reliable source of clean, affordable natural gas.