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.
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.
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.
The work includes:
Nothing is more important than protecting you, our employees and the environment. That’s why safety is the top priority on any job related to the South Oakland Macomb Network project.
We have many programs in place to maintain the safety of our natural gas system, especially in densely populated areas or places where people congregate such as schools, parks and campgrounds. The federal government sets specific standards for the development of integrity management programs near these High Consequence Areas. Some of our many safety programs include:
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