Frequently Asked Questions About Community Concerns
How do you protect the public and the environment during daily operation of the pipeline?
Great Lakes takes the following steps to ensure that our pipeline remains a safe presence in your environment and community through all phases of operation:
“Fly-overs” of the pipeline
are conducted to look for activity that might affect the
Environmental and Safety Training: Employees and contractors are trained to perform their work with the highest regard for protection of the environment and health.
Ongoing training programs provide them with continued information on the safe operation of our pipeline. Project-specific environmental training is provided in depth to ensure that all personnel involved in construction work comply with proper procedures.
Inspection and Ongoing Maintenance:
Pipeline integrity is inspected by tools propelled
through the inside of the pipeline by the gas stream.
Around-the-clock daily monitoring of gas flow and
pressures is performed at a central
We participate in these alert systems in Michigan,
Wisconsin and Minnesota.
They provide a clearinghouse and notification center for
contractors and other excavators to call to determine
the exact location of our pipelines and other buried
utilities in the area. Always call 811 before
starting any digging project.
Natural Gas as a Safe Fuel: Properly used, natural gas is a very safe fuel. Although it is flammable, natural gas is lighter than air. In the event of a leak on a natural gas transmission line, the escaping gas normally will dissipate into the air.
Safety Pledge: Your safety is our top priority. We are proud of our safety record and want to maintain it.
If you see emergency
conditions, please call "911" and then our control
center toll-free at 1-800-573-0640. Non-emergency
concerns can be directed to the following personnel:
Community Relations and ROW Agent
Tim M. Irons
Community Relations and ROW Coordinator
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Frequently Asked Questions About Pipeline Construction
How will I know if my land will be crossed?
If your property lies along the route of a proposed new pipeline, a Great Lakes representative will approach you before any work is begun. The representative will answer your questions and explain the work we will be doing. You will be advised that people will be entering your property to do archeological and other surveys in the corridor where the pipe is to be installed. These studies will help us determine the least environmentally disruptive location for the new pipeline.
How long will construction crews be on my land?
Typically, construction crews take six to eight weeks to construct each mile of pipeline, from clearing and grading to final clean-up. The time may vary according to weather conditions and the need for the crews to return to tie-in the pipeline at stream and road crossings.
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Frequently Asked Questions about
the Community Investment Program
Great Lakes Gas Transmission Company's community
investment program is currently on hold during the
transition of the purchase with TransCanada.
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