Pipeline legislation moving forward

Pipeline legislation moving forward

WASHINGTON — Legislation that was introduced in the U.S. Senate in September has been voted on and approved.

The SAFE PIPES Act introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters is all about improving pipeline safety and oversight, especially in the Great Lakes. Legislation in the act reauthorizes the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration through the year 2019.

The bill received bipartisan support in the Senate and now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“We need to make sure that the pipelines that crisscross our state are subjected to the highest regulations and highest scrutiny possible to make sure that we can continue to protect the Great Lakes and Protect the U.P.,” said Peters. “We have Line 5 that runs through the Straits of Mackinac that runs the entire length of the U.P. All of that is very sensitive area and now it will be under the strictest oversight possible for any pipeline.”

More than 40 million people depend on the Great Lakes for their drinking water. Peters hopes to get the bill through the House of Representatives in the coming months.