A bill that puts tougher regulations on gas and oil pipelines has passed in the U.S. Senate today. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan is sponsoring the legislation. The bill increases standards for pipeline workers operating near or in the Great Lakes. It also mandates that pipeline companies prepare their equipment for harsh winter weather and create an emergency plan for spills in icy conditions. The pipeline legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
"Continuing to move up to 23 million gallons of crude oil per day through 62-year-old, underwater pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac is too risky and not necessary, an environmental group said Monday." (Detroit Free Press)