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Upton Statement on Enbridge Settlement

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Washington, July 20, 2016 | Tom Wilbur/Lynn Turner (202 225 3761/269-385-0039) | comments

“As Michiganders, pipeline safety is an issue that hits especially close to home. Pipelines are critical to the essential transportation of our energy resources, but when a catastrophe can strike in the blink of an eye, we must be prepared and we must hold those responsible accountable. In the wake of this tragic spill, we got to work on new standards – the toughest on the books – to ensure something like this can never happen again, anywhere. I applaud our local leaders and all of the stakeholders for their commitment to restoring our natural resources.”

In 2011, Upton and Michigan Democrat John Dingell came together to work on bipartisan legislation that made vital updates and improvements to our nation’s pipeline infrastructure. The law also increased inspection and accountability requirements for those responsible for spills. The bipartisan legislation was signed into law by the president.  

In June of 2016 the reauthorization of the 2011 law, the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act of 2016 was signed into law by the president. The reauthorization built upon the 2011 law and included specific transparency provisions related to the Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac. 

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