Consumers Admits Home Built Over Gas Pipeline 11-12-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Consumers Admits Home Built Over Gas Pipeline 11-12-2010

BAY COUNTY, Mich. -- A retired Consumers Energy worker who says he's been trying to get the utility company to do something about a high-pressure gas pipeline running under several local homes for years is finally getting answers.
Since TV5 first aired the investigative report, Pipeline Peril on Monday, 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.
On Friday, a spokesperson for Consumers Energy acknowledged that a home was built over a natural gas pipeline, but claims there is no immediate hazard or emergency.
Consumers Energy released this news release to WNEM TV5:
The location referenced during your newscast represents an unusual situation where the homeowner built a structure over our natural gas pipeline. Consumers Energy does not allow structures to be built immediately above its pipelines due to potential safety and access issues. This situation presents no immediate hazard or emergency. However, we will be examining the situation more closely in the near future to determine the appropriate remedial action. Consumers Energy places a high priority on its comprehensive, continuous pipeline inspection and remediation program.
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.
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