In the first quarter of next year, businesses and residents in Washtenaw, Lenawee and Monroe counties can expect to see construction begin on a pipeline that will bring natural gas from 250 miles away.
The Nexus pipeline is a joint-venture project between Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. and Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., which are equally splitting the $2 billion project cost. Nexus will pipe natural gas sourced from Appalachian fracking fields in Ohio and Pennsylvania — part of the Marcellus and Utica shale basins that are among the country’s richest sources of natural gas.
Nexus will start in eastern Ohio, run across the Buckeye State and enter Michigan in Lenawee County before moving on to Monroe and Washtenaw counties. Fifty-five of the 250 miles will be in Michigan.