State Rep. Triston Cole’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee.
Cole, of Mancelona, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan.
“I’m tired of being a back seat driver in regard to Line 5,” Cole said. “The state of Michigan needs to be in the driver’s seat in order to ensure the protection of the Great Lakes and our local economies.”
“These reforms will bring even more awareness to infrastructure located in the Straits and ensure that anyone who knowingly uses or drags an anchor there will be held accountable,” said Cole, who introduced the plan alongside Reps. Sue Allor of Wolverine and Lee Chatfield of Levering.
House Bills 6187, 6199, 6200 and 6201 now move to the full House for consideration.