Public would know less about oil pipelines under House bill

May 11, 2015

If you're worried about the oil pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac, you may have a tough time finding detailed information about it. Much of the oversight is handled by the federal government, and the records are often kept secret.

A bill that's in the state house right now would go even further to exempt oil and gas pipelines from Freedom of Information Act requests.

Supporters argue sensitive details about pipelines could get into the hands of terrorists. But Rick Pluta, capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, says opponents have several problems with this bill: