LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Phil Pavlov on Tuesday praised the recent decision by the U.S. State Department to reopen the public comment period for an additional 30 days for the proposed use of pipelines under the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers.
Earlier this month, Pavlov sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, urging him to act immediately to reopen the public comment period. He also introduced Senate Resolution 155 reiterating this request.
Pavlov issued the following statement on the extension:
“The decision by the U.S. State Department to extend by 30 days the comment period on a controversial and potentially dangerous pipeline permit under the St. Clair River is good news. The St. Clair River helps provide clean drinking water for up to 4 million residents across the region. It’s part of our way of life, and it’s why last week I introduced a Senate resolution urging the U.S. State Department to re-open the public comment period.
“This new window of time now gives residents an opportunity to make their opinions known about this important issue. It also gives Plains LPG, the company requesting the permit, the opportunity to clearly indicate in its request for revised usage that it will eliminate the possibility of these pipelines being used for transport of crude oil.
“A crude oil spill would be devastating to our region’s environment and water supply, and it can never be allowed to happen.”
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