Consumers Energy is improving safety and reliability for customers by upgrading its natural gas infrastructure in Oakland and Macomb counties.
The South Oakland Macomb Network project is a four-phase, $200 million effort to replace natural gas pipeline and infrastructure dating to the 1940s.
The program, a series of about 15 projects slated to run through 2022, is part of a larger strategic commitment outlined in our 10-year Natural Gas Delivery Plan. The upgrades will benefit more than 1.8 million homes and businesses we serve throughout Lower Michigan.
We appreciate your patience as we work safely and efficiently to complete this project.
Consumers Energy is working carefully to protect the environment and local wildlife. We have completed a detailed environmental inventory of the project area – including all wetlands, drains and stream crossings – and will work with applicable federal, state and local agencies to consider all environmental concerns. These efforts include identifying and protecting any threatened or endangered species. Environmental inspectors are on site daily during construction. During the first phase of construction in 2019, our environmental team helped save red foxes near the project. Read the story here.
We use special fencing made of all-natural fiber to prevent erosion without trapping or harming birds, snakes or other animals. And we are restoring construction areas in an environmentally responsible manner by using a special pollinator mix in areas where new pipeline was buried to create new habitat for butterflies, bees and other pollinators. Learn more here.
Preparation such as surveying and securing easements is underway for future work. Each phase of construction is scheduled to be complete in the fall prior to the heating season.