Michigan's Economy Needs Access to Future Gas

March 12, 2015

In light of the recently published news that Michigan’s natural gas consumption grew 11% this February from February 2014, it becomes even more important that we break the natural gas logjam.

This week's edition of Crain’s Detroit Business features commentary by Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President for Business Advocacy & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber, calling for the approval of the Rover Pipeline.

“We are facing a natural gas traffic jam that could create spot shortages and drive up cost. In fact, the Michigan Public Service Commission believes the state will face a generation capacity shortfall of 3 gigawatts by 2016."

"The facts speak for themselves; it is in Michigan's best interest to make sure the Rover pipeline is approved by federal and state authorities and is built as planned. For a natural gas-hungry industrial state like Michigan, Rover means the full benefits of American domestic energy sources will travel to Michigan and will support the resurgence of our state's manufacturing sector.”

The Michigan Chamber supports expanding natural gas pipeline infrastructure in our state. Rover’s approval is the first step toward building essential energy infrastructure that will continue to drive Michigan’s economy forward.