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Consumers Energy announces SOMN pipeline project open house

Consumers Energy has announced an Informational Open House Event from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Shelby Gardens Banquet Center at 50265 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township to discuss the South Oakland Macomb Network (SOMN) project in Oakland and Macomb counties.


A 7.5-mile portion of the new gas pipe is planned to be installed within an existing ITC electric transmission corridor between the M-59 Expressway and Schoenherr roads. The span will run from just south of 26 Mile Road in Shelby Township to its southern border with Utica. A general project map can be found here.


The open house is an opportunity for residents to meet members of the Consumers Energy project team, and learn more about the project design, landscaping plans, environmental management and pipeline safety. The drop-in open house format is designed to provide answers to specific questions. Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP via email to or by phone at 800-731-2257 by Jan. 24.


If impacted residents would like to discuss the project in-person or via phone, Consumers Energy’s real estate field agents are available. Consumers Energy field agents are the direct contact to the Consumers Energy team. They will provide information about the project design near homes and answer any questions. Residents may also contact them via email at or by phone at 800-731-2257.


As part of this project, Consumers Energy will file a permit request with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). Landowners adjacent to the construction area will receive direct notice from the MDEQ regarding the comprehensive permit request, which ensures work impacting wetlands, streams and sensitive animal or flora species is completed responsibly.


Consumers Energy’s environmental specialists will attend the Jan. 29 open house to answer questions and share information about how we’ve enhanced the environment on past projects.