WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan asked President Barack Obama to work with the Canadian government to ban any new oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes.
In her letter to Obama, Stabenow noted that the U.S. has a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in the Great Lakes, but Canada has what she called “extensive” oil and gas operations in their section of Lake Erie.
“The Canadian oil and gas operations have not had an accident since 1959. However, I believe that the events in the Gulf Coast demonstrate that we must remain vigilant because a catastrophic accident could happen at any time.”
She’s asking Obama to work with the Canadian government to review existing operations and ban new ones.