Royal Oak explosion leads to Consumers Energy policy changes

Consumers Energy suspends all state boring projects

Published On: Mar 07 2013 04:03:27 PM EST   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 04:04:51 PM EST
ROYAL OAK, Mich. -

Consumers Energy announced Thursday it has suspended all boring projects throughout the state following the Feb. 27 gas explosion in Royal Oak.

"The safety of our community, customers and employees remains our top priority, and our thoughts continue to be with the deceased victim’s family and friends.  As we implement our comprehensive safety program in the affected Royal Oak community, our experts are standing ready 24/7 responding to questions and concerns from the community."

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In addition to the boring suspensions Consumers Energy said it has taken the following steps:

Consumers Energy also announced a comprehensive Integrity Management Plan in place to maintain and evaluate pipelines, as part of the federal Pipeline Safety Improvement Act of 2002. We review the structural integrity of our pipelines using methods that include: 

The company went on to say, "Consumers Energy continues to fully cooperate with the Michigan Public Service Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board and local authorities. We will provide more details on findings following the conclusion of the investigation."

Dan Malczynski, 58 was killed Feb. 27 when his home on Cooper Avenue was ripped to pieces by a suspected natural gas blast. Consumers Energy has blamed a ruptured service line. Dozens of other homes and businesses were damaged by debris.

Photo courtesy Jim Charbonneau

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