Consumers Energy Increases Commitment to Pure Michigan Business Connect and
Pipeline Project Landowners
JACKSON, Mich., April 9, 2014
JACKSON, Mich., April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy has reinforced
its commitment to Pure Michigan Business Connect by hiring two local
contractors to help keep landowner relations strong during and after
construction of the 24-mile Southwest Michigan 1200B Pipeline Project.
"We greatly value the relationships we've built with the people who own the
land where we are building this pipeline," said Jim Sunday, project manager
for Consumers Energy. "We made a very conscious decision to retain the
services of local, well-respected contractors to handle issues that will
inevitably arise during construction."
Lukazcek Excavating from Quincy, MI has been hired to handle issues involving
drain tiles and topsoil coordination. Advanced Farm Supply, Inc. from Burr
Oak, MI will assist with irrigation system repairs.
The contractors will coordinate efforts through Consumers Energy real estate
representatives, who have been meeting with landowners in the area about the
project since 2012.
Typically, the primary pipeline construction contractor is responsible for
post-construction issues such as repairs to drain tiles, which may produce
satisfactory results. Because that contractor eventually leaves, issues may
arise later which cause concerns.
"We will be operating and maintaining our pipeline for many decades," said
Sunday. "Consumers Energy wants to convey to the landowners that we desire to
be a good neighbor for the long haul."
About 80 landowners will be impacted by the pipeline project, mostly in rural
and agricultural areas. Consumers Energy's approximately $100,000 investment
in the two local companies will provide an economic boost to the two
contractors it hired and create an additional two to three jobs to the local
"Our company installed a lot of the drain tiles for the farmers in this area,"
said Louie Lukazcek, owner of Lukazcek Excavating. "I'm pleased that Consumers
Energy is showing that they care about these landowners. Of course it's great
for my crews to have this work and we're definitely going to put in the effort
to prove this is a win for everybody involved."
Launched in 2011, Pure Michigan Business Connect is a public-private alliance
of the MEDC, state agencies and major Michigan companies. Consumers Energy
recently increased to $1 billion its total commitment to purchase
Michigan-made goods and services from 2011-2016 – in addition to the $2
billion normally spent annually. The Company has reached $790 million of the
The Southwest 1200B Pipeline Project will run 24 miles through St. Joseph and
Branch counties and completes a 90-mile dual gas transmission pipeline
corridor, which will increase value, reliability and safety for Consumers
Energy's 1.7 million natural gas customers.
The pipeline will allow Consumers Energy to take advantage of natural gas
prices that are typically lower in non-heating months and carry natural gas to
underground storage fields. In winter, the line will distribute natural gas to
serve customers. When completed, the pipeline will also allow Consumers Energy
to keep gas flowing while crews perform routine safety inspections on either
of the parallel pipelines.
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.5 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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