New law to ensure safety of Michigan pipelines

Pipeline coming from oil pump
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The state of Michigan may see some new laws introduced ensuring a better state oversight of oil and gas pipelines.

Minority Democrats in the Michigan House have introduced a four-bill package that would require permits, regulations and response plans for private pipelines and require good-faith efforts to contract with Michigan residents for clean-ups of oil or gas pipeline spills.

The laws are designed to make sure that the pipelines are operated in a manner that doesn’t threaten public health, safety or the environment.

State Reps. Sarah Roberts of St. Clair Shores, Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, Gretchen Driskell of Saline and Tom Cochran of Mason are announcing the package along with Robert Gordon of the Michigan Sierra Club and Nic Clark of Clean Water Action.

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