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Pipeline Safety & Deer Baiting Ban

Pipeline Safety & Deer Baiting Ban

Baiting deer with corn, apples, sugar beets or carrots has been banned for three years in the Lower Peninsula. (Photo by Scott Bauer - USDA)

Host: Rebecca Williams
Show date: 04/19/2011

The people who operate oil and gas pipelines – and the people who regulate them – met in Washington D.C. yesterday.

The forum on pipeline safety was triggered by last summer’s oil spill in the Kalamazoo River and two fatal gas line explosions in California and Pennsylvania.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says current regulations need to be stronger.

“Look it, we get it. We know these pipeline breaks and explosions cause a lot of, in the case of Michigan, a lot of environmental degradation. So we’re stepping up on our side of things and we’re going to use the bully pulpit to make sure the companies do the same.”

Secretary LaHood wants to increase fines for companies that violate safety rules.

Representatives of the gas and oil pipeline industries both said they are working toward a goal of zero accidents.

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This is the Environment Report.

Baiting deer is the subject of lots of debate in Lansing this month. There’s a ban on feeding deer in the Lower Peninsula that could be lifted in June. The restriction was a response to the discovery of chronic wasting disease in one deer in 2008. But no more sick animals have been found and the pressure is growing to let hunters bait wild deer. Peter Payette reports:


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