TV5 Follow-Up: Pipelines Found Under Homes 11-10-2010 - WNEM TV 5

TV5 Follow-Up: Pipelines Found Under Homes 11-10-2010


BAY COUNTY, Mich. -- A retired Consumers Energy worker says he's been trying to get the company to do something about a high-pressure gas pipeline running under several local homes for years, and after he saw TV5’s Pipeline Peril investigation on Monday, he decided it was time to speak up again.
Since TV5 first aired the investigative report, the station has had dozens of calls in to the newsroom because people want to know where these pipelines are.
The former employee is speaking out because he says people need to know a high-pressure line runs under a Bay County home.

“It bothered me that I’ve had knowledge of this for a long time and I wasn't really able to do anything about it. I really felt that it was endangering the public,” said the man, who wished to remain unidentified.
“The first time we located it we said ‘wow, it goes right under this man's garage,’ which is attached to his home,” said the former Consumers employee. “Then we looked up and there were living quarters above the garage and then we traced it farther across the road and it was very, very close to another home and a pole barn. That just shouldn't be.”
TV5 tracked down the specific line the man was referring too and wanted to see if the homeowners knew about it, but no one was there.
“I am not aware of a line that is running under somebody's home,” said Mary Gust, spokesperson for Consumers Energy. “Again, like I said before, we don't allow any permanent structures to be built on our easements.”
The whistleblower says he's not a disgruntled former employee and was with the company for more than three decades. He said he just wants people to know the truth.
“I would feel terrible to know that something could happen when I had knowledge of it and didn't do anything to eliminate that, or, you know, at least get attention to it,” he said.
The retiree we spoke with tried to get the line moved, but he said he believes it didn't happen for financial reasons.
Consumers Energy wouldn't confirm if the line is under the home and a spokesperson is still looking into the matter.
Click the video below to watch TV5's previous Pipeline Peril investigative reports:

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