Legislation passed to protect Great Lakes from oil spills

WASHINGTON (WLNS) – In Washington the Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation introduced by Senator Gary Peters to continue and improve safety oversight of oil pipelines.

The legislation would reauthorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration for another three years and improves oil pipeline oversight by bringing in new pipeline safety provisions.

These include designating the Great Lakes a high consequence area, updating oil spill response plans to include ice cover and requiring reviews of pipeline age and integrity.

Peters says these are meant to protect the Great Lakes which would be devastated in the event of an oil spill.

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