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St. Clair River pipeline: Lawmakers want delay on permit century old lines

St. Clair River pipeline runs from Michigan to Canada

St. Clair River pipeline

Plains LPG is applying to move oil through the St. Clair River pipeline which runs from Marysville, Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario. Photo by Jeffrey M. Smith, Times Herald

DETROIT _ Two members of Congress want the Obama administration to put the brakes on a move to allow St. Clair River pipeline to continue to transport crude oil through lines that are nearly a century old.

Houston-based Plains LPG is applying to move the oil through two pipelines that run from Marysville, Michigan, to Canada. Because they cross an international border, the U.S. State Department has jurisdiction over the matter. The lines were constructed in 1918.

A 30-day public comment expired quietly last week with very little feedback.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Reps. Candice Miller and Debbie Dingell say the proposal has caught many Great Lakes advocates by surprise.

“Surely, the health of the Great Lakes – as well as the health of those who rely on it for safe drinking water – is worth taking the time to fully assess the risks involved in such an undertaking and allowing the input of the public at the same time”, wrote Miller and Dingell.

The two members of Congress ask Kerry to suspend the permitting process on the St. Clair River pipeline and give more people time to comment.

The Canadian Press

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