Peters Statement on Plains LPG Decision to Withdraw Request for New St. Clair Pipelines Permit

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) issued the following statement today on Plains LPG Services’ decision to withdraw their request to change the scope of a permit that would allow crude oil to be transported through the St. Clair Pipelines. Earlier this year, Senator Peters and Senator Debbie Stabenow urged the State Department to extend the public comment period for consideration of a permit that would allow Plains LPG to transport crude oil through the pipelines.

“An oil spill in Great Lakes waters, especially in an area with strong currents such as the St. Clair River, would have disastrous effects on the valuable freshwater resources that make up our way of life in Michigan. The significant human and environmental health risks associated with this proposal outweigh its benefits, and I do not believe it serves our national interest. I am pleased that Plains LPG Services has withdrawn their proposal that could have potentially damaged our Great Lakes and the economies they support.”