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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Feds eyeing crude oil piped under St. Clair River in 98-year-old line



, Detroit Free Press 11:26 p.m. EST February 27, 2016



A petroleum transport company may soon receive approval to ship heavy crude oil from Marysville into Canada via a 98-year-old pipeline under the St. Clair River — without public hearings or an environmental assessment.

The U.S. State Department, which has jurisdiction on pipelines that cross the American border, moved the permit consideration through the Federal Register — a massive clearinghouse for federal regulations, proposed rules, public notices and executive orders — starting in mid-January. A 30-day public comment period on the proposal by Houston-based Plains LPG Services expired on Feb. 24 with virtually no comments.