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DETROIT (AP) — Documents say an energy company that wants to build a new natural gas transmission pipeline that could pass through Michigan on its way to Ontario, Canada, argued about two years ago that capacity from an existing pipeline wasn't needed.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1rigLnS ) Energy Transfer Partners argued before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to convert the natural gas Trunkline pipeline to one that transports oil. The 770-mile Trunkline conversion was approved.

The new ET Rover pipeline has raised concerns among some residents whose properties have already been dug up for an ongoing oil pipeline project.

Energy Transfer Partners sold the Trunkline pipeline. It says it doesn't consider it an about-face that the Trunkline pipeline was called "unneeded." Spokeswoman Vicki Granado says the new pipeline will provide "much-needed infrastructure."

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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