MARSHALL, Mich. - The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation by Michigan Congressman Mark Schauer aiming at improving oil pipeline safety.
The bipartisan legislation, known as the Corporate Liability and Emergency Accident Notification Act, or the CLEAN Act for short, cleared the House and is on its way to the Senate.
Schauer says the legislation not only calls for stronger restrictions, but also requires a searchable internet database be established of all "reportable incidents involving gas or hazardous liquid pipelines" to try to prevent spills like the one into the Kalamazoo River doesn't happen again.
Schauer is also co-sponsoring the Pipeline Safety and Community Empowerment Act meant to help educate communities about pipelines and any possible hazards they might represent. (Source: WKZO Radio, Kalamazoo, Mich.)