Rep Allor Emergency rule mandates noanchor zone in Straits of Mackinac

first_img New state rule helps protect Michigan’s residents, environmentState Rep. Sue Allor today announced the state has implemented an emergency rule immediately prohibiting anchoring in the Straits of Mackinac, where nearly 23 million gallons of oil flows through the Line 5 pipeline each day.“Line 5 is a great concern to myself and the people I represent, so I was deeply dismayed to find out that the ‘no-anchor zone’ that was believed to exist, in fact did not,” said Allor, of Wolverine. “As chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Natural Resources, I commend Director Keith Creagh and Gov. Rick Snyder for working with our counterparts to implement an anchor ban in the area and ensure immediate effect in the Straits of Mackinac. My hope is that this will help keep our waters safe until we are able to enact a more permanent solution.”The emergency rule formalizes a previously informal anchor restriction in the Straits of Mackinac by prohibiting anchoring under Michigan state law. Productive discussions are underway with the U.S. Coast Guard on permanent measures that would complement the state’s temporary emergency rule.“Anchoring in the Straits of Mackinac poses a serious threat to the welfare and protection of Michigan and our vital natural resources,” Gov. Snyder said. “Anchoring could cause severe environmental damage and threatens to disrupt critical energy and communication services between the Upper and Lower peninsulas. This emergency rule will help us better protect Michigan waters and residents until a permanent solution is in place.”Issued under the Marine Safety sections of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, the emergency rule will remain in place for 6 months, with the option of an additional 6-month renewal.The eastern boundary of the no-anchor zone is defined by the Mackinac Bridge. The western boundary is defined by a line beginning at the western edge of McGulpin Point in the Lower Peninsula to the western edge of an unnamed island immediately southwest of Point La Barbe in the Upper Peninsula. Click here to view a map of the boundaries.### 24May Rep. Allor: Emergency rule mandates no-anchor zone in Straits of Mackinac Categories: Allor Newslast_img

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