From U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D-Michigan):
Senator Gary Peters, who has long opposed Enbridge's pipeline under the Mackinac Straits, announces President Obama's signing of the PIPES Act -- bipartisan pipeline safety legislation he introduced to improve safety and oil spill response plans for the Great Lakes.* (Photo courtesy Sen. Gary Peters)
WASHINGTON, DC -- As Michiganders, we know all too well the catastrophic consequences an oil spill on the Great Lakes would have for our environment, economy, and way of life. Whether it’s providing clean drinking water for 40 million people or jobs for 500,000 Michiganders, the Great Lakes are our state’s most precious resource -- aside from our people.
That is why I am so pleased my PIPES Act was signed into law by President Obama yesterday. This bipartisan pipeline safety legislation that I introduced will play an essential role in advancing safety standards, improving oil spill response plans -- especially under heavy ice cover -- and better protecting against the devastating impacts an oil spill would have on our waterways.
As a member of the Great Lakes Task Force, I am committed to ensuring the proper safety and oversight is in place to keep our people safe and our natural resources protected for generations to come.
Thanks for reading,
United States Senator for Michigan
*Click here to watch a WWMT Channel 3 interview with Sen. Peters concerning the PIPES Act.