UPDATE: Natural gas release in DeWitt Twp. investigated by Consumers Energy

UPDATE (5:00 p.m.) : Consumers Energy has determined the substance that sprayed out of a pipe during a natural gas release over the weekend, although oil-like, was actually natural gas condensate.

6 News spoke with Spokesperson Terry DeDoes Monday about what that means.

“It’s commonly found in natural gas production and transportation,” DeDoes said. “It has kind of a smell and feel of lubrication oil.”

Paul Mills’ parents live in one of the 6 homes that was affected by the gas release. He says it covered most of the property before crews came to clean up.

“Basically this huge black wave came all the way over the whole property,” Mills said. “Right here, these rocks right here are covered with oil, all of these have oil doused all over them, and it had been all over the side of the house.”

Mills says crews have been at the home non-stop since Saturday working to clean up the mess, but he’s worried about the lasting effects.

“You know what does that do to his property value, what’s the amount of time,” Mills said “He’s put 6 to 7 years into his lawn which is beautiful, and he sits out here and loves it.”

DeDoes said the natural gas condensate underground contributed to the natural gas leak, and now they’re trying to determine what caused it to build up.

However, he says the substance poses no immediate danger, and crews won’t stop working until the clean up is done.

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.) :

DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) — We have an update on a natural gas release in Dewitt Township that evacuated residents Saturday morning.

Consumers Energy says that around 7:30 a.m. there was a natural gas release at a line located near the intersection of Airport and Clark Road.

Spokesman Terry DeDoes tells 6 News that while this wasn’t a leak, it was not a planned release.

He says natural gas built up in the line, and the line is designed to release the gas when there’s a big build up.

DeDoes says the amount of gas that was released did not pose a danger to the public, however Clinton County officials chose to evacuate homes as a precaution.

He says the situation is now under control, and crews are investigating what happened with the line.


DEWITT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLNS) – Clinton County Sheriff’s Officials report that there was a oil leak in Dewitt Township that happened around 7:30 this morning near the intersection at the 13,000 block of Airport just north of Clark Road.

Officials say the oil leak was caused by a mechanical failure at a substation which led oil to spew over.

6 News learned that the leaky pipe is 20-inches long and released oil up to 75-feet in the air.

Authorities put out a code red and told people living within 5 miles of the oil leak to evacuate the area.

Around 9 a.m. the oil leak was cleaned up and residents were told it was safe to return to their homes.

Stay with 6 News for updates.

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