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State sets up pipeline task force

 
Posted Thursday, June 26th 2014 @ 3pm  by Daniel J. Graeber

Michigan officials said Thursday they'd create a multi-agency task force to keep in eye on pipelines in the state.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant co-chair the so-called Great Lakes Petroleum Pipeline Task Force.

Wyant said in a statement authorities in the state have an obligation to protect the health and the environment.

"People around the state have expressed concern about pipelines, and we want to make appropriate information available to the public about the energy infrastructure network beneath our feet," he said. "This task force is assembled to respond to those concerns and shed some overdue light on key issues."

The task force includes state agencies ranging from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to the Michigan State Police.

Formal oversight of interstate oil and natural gas pipelines lies with the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.

An estimated 20,000 barrels of crude oil leaked from an Enbridge Energy Partners pipeline near Marshall, Mich., in 2010.

 

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