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Markkanen criticizing Gov Whitmer energy emergency

Written by on February 23, 2021

LANSING, Mich. – State Rep. Greg Markkanen criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for declaring an energy emergency in Michigan when northern portions of the state face the very real possibility of a greater long-term emergency later in the year due to her decisions regarding the Line 5 pipeline.  Whitmer issued the energy emergency order to streamline propane delivery during an ongoing nationwide cold snap. It exempts motor carriers and drivers who transport propane and heating oil from compliance with maximum weekly driving and on-duty limits. The order is in effect through Feb. 28 and comes after many other states throughout the country declared similar emergencies.  Late last year, the governor announced Line 5, which carries raw sweet crude oil necessary to produce propane, would be shut down by May 2021.  The Line 5 pipeline runs through northern Wisconsin and the U.P. of Michigan and runs through our local area just north of Ironwood and Bessemer.  Rep. Markkanen currently serves as vice-chair for the House Energy Committee and the House Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee.