Michigan regulators order steps after fire threatened heat

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Skubick: Critics call for more secure energy infrastructure after Consumers Energy fire

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan regulators are ordering a utility to take certain steps following a January compressor station fire that sparked concerns about keeping natural gas flowing to millions of people during bitterly cold temperatures.

The state Public Service Commission on Tuesday outlined a number of steps for Consumers Energy to improve natural gas service reliability. They include studying fire-prevention methods, evaluating the company’s incident command system and detailing the cost of the fire in the utility’s next rate case.

The blaze at a facility in suburban Detroit cut the amount of natural gas that could be delivered from underground storage at a time of record demand to heat homes, businesses and other buildings.

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