LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Legislation advancing in Michigan would prohibit vessels from dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac — where oil, electric and other underwater cables rest.
The bills approved overwhelmingly Wednesday by the state House next go to the Senate.READ MORE: Central Michigan Orders Masks At Least Through September
They would prohibit ships from using anchors in the Straits of Mackinac, the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. Exceptions would be made for emergencies or with state permission.READ MORE: As Eviction Moratorium Expires, Thousands Of Metro-Detroiters Seek Help
Gov. Rick Snyder in May approved an emergency rule barring anchors in the waterway, after a tugboat anchor struck oil and electrical lines and caused an insulation spill. The rule is in place for six months and can be extended another six months.
The legislation also would require additional no-anchor signs in the area.MORE NEWS: U.K. Opens Travel To Vaccinated Americans
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