Hearings set on We Energies gas line project

Hearings set on We Energies gas line project

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Lakeshore natural gas lateral project map

This map shows the two proposed routes for a new natural gas pipeline. The southern route is We Energies' preferred route; it passes through the city and town of Burlington in Racine County.

Public hearings on a new 46-mile natural gas pipeline that will run from Whitewater in Walworth County to the Town of Paris in Kenosha County will take place in February.

The hearings were triggered by the Thursday release of the final environmental impact statement, a 297-page analysis of the economic, social, cultural and environmental impacts that could result from the construction of the project, known as the Lakeshore Lateral Project.

The report was prepared jointly by the state Public Service Commission, which is expected to make a determination on the project proposal by April, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Two routes for the gas line were presented by We Energies, which designated the route that travels through Elkhorn, Burlington and Brighton as its preferred route. The route has been altered to reflect landowner requests at previous public hearings.

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Public involvement

Residents can comment at hearings to begin at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 26 at Veterans Terrace, 538 Milwaukee Ave., Burlington.

The commission also intends to webcast a hearing to begin at 10 a.m. Feb. 18 in Madison at http://psc.wi.gov. It will be available via the “Live Broadcast” link.

Public testimony can be submitted via:

  • U.S. mail received no later than Feb. 25, addressed to Docket 6630-CG-138 Comments Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.
  • The PSC website at http://psc.wi.gov until Feb. 25 by following the “file a comment” link for docket number 6630-CG-138.
  • Oral testimony and written comment at the public hearing.

The commission will not accept comments submitted via email or facsimile. Only one comment may be submitted per person during the comment period.


The Lakeshore Lateral Project is being proposed to provide a “competitive natural gas supply” to areas of southeastern Wisconsin experiencing economic growth, including Mount Pleasant, where Foxconn is being built, said Amy Jahns, spokeswoman for We Energies.

According to the application submitted to the PSC, the project’s primary purpose “is to increase the quantity and reliability of natural gas service, both on a peak day and annually, in southeastern Wisconsin, given projected load growth, planned distribution facility modifications and pipeline capacity alternatives serving southern Wisconsin.”

Routes, cost, impact

Route A, the company’s preferred route, is estimated to cost $175,000.

It cuts through Elkhorn and the towns of LaFayette, Spring Prairie and Lyons in Walworth County, the city and town of Burlington in Racine County, and Brighton and Paris in Kenosha County.

It would cross 245 parcels, 102 wetland areas, 35 waterways and two bodies of water.

Route B, which does not enter Kenosha County, is estimated to cost $184,000.

It travels through East Troy to Union Grove on a path that runs between Rochester and Burlington.

It would cross 299 parcels, 79 wetland areas, 20 waterways and one body of water.

Comments recorded at hearings held in July 2019 included concerns about the impact to agricultural land, water resources, property features and future development along the routes.

The PSC requested We Energies consider the suggested route adjustments to limit the impact of the project. Those route adjustments are included in the EIS.

Mary Wolter, of We Energies, said the company will submit more detailed information about these adjustments prior to the hearings.


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