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Dingell & Miller: State Department Reopens Public Comment Period for Proposed Use of Pipelines Under St. Clair River

Washington, DC, March 11, 2016

U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today announced that the State Department has agreed to reopen the public comment period for the proposed use of pipelines under the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers for an additional 30 days. Earlier this month, Dingell and Miller wrote a letter to Secretary John Kerry urging him to allow time for additional public comments on the proposal by Plains LPG Services. Dingell and Miller issued the following statement applauding the extension:

“We are pleased the State Department listened to the concerns of residents, organizations and stakeholders across Michigan who were unaware of the opportunity to comment on the proposed pipelines and their potential impact on the Great Lakes and the quality of drinking water for millions of residents. Any potential spill in this area would be devastating for the entire region, and we are glad that we could work together in a bipartisan manner to ensure Michigan residents have an opportunity to make their voice heard. The impact of such a proposal goes well beyond both of our districts.”

The pipelines under consideration are located in Michigan's 10th Congressional District, which is represented by Rep. Candice Miller and was home to Rep. Debbie Dingell growing up. To read the full letter from the State Department, please click here.

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