API Michigan: New report confirms safety, important role of pipelines
LANSING, Mich., June 29, 2017 – API Michigan today reiterated the safety of pipelines and the important role that they play in the efficient transportation of energy on the same day that the State of Michigan released its independent report on alternatives to the Line 5 pipeline.
“Today’s report further confirms that pipelines are among the safest and most efficient ways to transport crude oil,” said API Michigan Executive Director Peter Langley. “Alternative transportation methods to Michigan’s Line 5 pipeline were evaluated and ultimately eliminated due to a greater potential for environmental incidents and higher energy costs for Michigan consumers.
“Ensuring the long-term safety of critical pipeline infrastructure like Line 5 and building new pipeline infrastructure throughout the state is critical to ensuring that Michigan consumers have access to our abundant domestic energy resources and the high-paying jobs that come with it. It’s estimated that increased energy infrastructure investment would support 20,000 Michigan jobs on average annually and contribute $49 billion to the state’s economy through 2035.
“Safety is a core value embedded in the oil and natural gas industry’s operations culture, and we look forward to working collaboratively to ensure that critical infrastructure projects like Michigan’s Line 5 continue to supply Michiganders with an affordable and reliable supply of energy.”
API Michigan is a division of API, which represents all segments of America’s oil and natural gas industry. Its more than 625 members produce, process, and distribute most of the nation’s energy. The industry supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and is backed by a growing grassroots movement of more than 40 million Americans.