Michigan lawmakers propose stricter state regulation for oil and gas pipelines

Associated Press

Minority Democrats in the Michigan House say they're reintroducing a package a bills in an effort to ensure better state oversight of oil and gas pipelines.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Minority Democrats in the Michigan House say they're reintroducing a package a bills in an effort to ensure better state oversight of oil and gas pipelines.

The four-bill package is being announced Wednesday, which is Earth Day. It would require pipelines be operated in a manner that doesn't threaten public health, safety or the environment.

The package also would require permits, regulations and response plans for private pipelines and require good-faith efforts to contract with Michigan residents for cleanups of oil or gas pipeline spills.

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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