Wolverine Pipe Line apologizes for delay in restoring SE Michigan properties

ANN ARBOR, MI - Some landowners in Washtenaw and Wayne counties are still waiting for restoration work related to the Detroit Metro Access Pipeline to be completed, prompting apologetic letters from Wolverine Pipe Line Co.
The final stage of the Detroit Metro Access Pipeline was announced July 7, and Wolverine is now reaching out to landowners who have not yet had landscaping or fencing crews complete restoration of their properties.
Construction on the 34-mile petroleum pipeline known as the Detroit Metro Access Pipeline was completed in January, and Wolverine had originally said restoration work would be complete in spring 2017.
In a letter sent out Aug. 28, Wolverine said it has hired additional third-party contractors to finish up the work but added completion is dependent on weather and property conditions.
According to the letter, Wolverine has assessed the amount of work completed and still left to be done in each community affected by the Detroit Metro Access Pipeline:
  • Freedom Township: 100 percent of restoration complete.
  • Lodi Township:72 percent complete with 15 tracts left.
  • Pittsfield Township: 61 percent complete with 39 tracts left.
  • Ypsilanti Township: 34 percent complete with 45 tracts left.
  • Van Buren Township: 45 percent complete, with 83 tracts left. 
  • Belleville: 29 percent complete with five tracts left.
  • Romulus: 50 percent complete with 18 tracts left.
  • The total amount of restoration that is complete stands at about 45 percent, although Wolverine said it would take longer for grass to fill in the restored areas the contractors are working on.
    "When they finish their work, it will be important for landowners to immediately start watering to encourage full and lush growth this summer," the letter said. "Landowners received watering instructions for new seeding and new sod."
    The 16-inch diameter Detroit Metro Access Pipeline made its first delivery of refined petroleum products from Freedom Township to storage facilities in Romulus on March 6.
    See the full maps of the pipeline route here.
    The Detroit Metro Access Pipeline serves as a link between Chicago-area refineries and southeast Michigan. It was constructed next to an existing Wolverine pipeline.
    Wolverine Pipe Line Co. is a transportation service company headquartered in Portage. It operates in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois and transports more than 14 million gallons of refined products a day.
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