Rep Chatfield applauds pipeline report

first_img Lawmaker begins work on bills to address safety concernsState Rep. Lee Chatfield is leading an effort to increase transparency between Enbridge and the state of Michigan by drafting legislation to require state review and approval of future pipeline changes.The legislation follows today’s release of a Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force report that calls for a ban on heavy crude oil transportation through the 5B Pipeline in the Mackinac Straits, along with other recommendations for the 5B and other petroleum and gas pipelines across Michigan.“When it comes to our Great Lakes and inland waterways, we must remember that this is not just a part of who we are in Northern Michigan, it is the lifeblood that drives our tourism and economic development,” Rep. Chatfield said. “Preserving our water is critical for the future of Northern Michigan’s success, and it’s imperative that we take the simple, necessary steps laid out in this report to ensure its safety.”The task force report recommendations for the 5B Pipeline include mandatory full insurance coverage, examining future options, disclosure of Enbridge safety inspections and creation of a public advisory committee.“Enbridge has recently taken many important steps to ensure that the pipeline remains safe, fully operable and properly inspected,” Rep. Chatfield said. “However, increasing reporting requirements for this critical industry improves much-needed transparency with the public and the Legislature.“I share the concerns voiced by this report for preserving the quality of the Straits of Mackinac, and I am encouraging that action be taken immediately.” Categories: Chatfield News 14Jul Rep. Chatfield applauds pipeline reportlast_img

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