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House Committee Seeks to Strengthen Pipeline Safety Standards

Sep 28, 2018

This week, the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee reported a four-bill package aimed at protecting the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards. Named the “Straits of Mackinac Safety, Protection and Accountability” action plan, it seeks to:

  • Improve reporting from pipeline operators to the State of Michigan.
  • Increase the safety and security of utility lines that provide communities in northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula with access to phone, cable, natural gas, oil, and electricity.
  • Provide additional signs and buoys alerting boats not to use anchors in the Straits.
  • Establish clear penalties for vessels that break maritime laws and jeopardize the safety of Michigan’s waterways.
  • Provide added accountability and increased penalties for those responsible for negligence or criminal damage to public utilities.

The bills have been sent to the full House for consideration.

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