Rep. Chatfield plan improving safety of pipelines in Straits passes House

Representative: Great Lakes must be protected from threat of spill State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the Michigan House with overwhelming bipartisan support. Chatfield, of Levering, said pipeline operators are not currently required to report spills…

Rep. Chatfield statement on Line 5 tunnel under Straits of Mackinac

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, issued the following statement today after Enbridge committed to replacing the portion of Line 5 that crosses beneath the Straits of Mackinac with a new pipeline inside a protective tunnel: “While the transportation of energy resources is essential to our daily lives, it’s important we continue to seek the…

Rep. Chatfield: Driver responsibility fees come to an end

Representative’s plan waives fees for 305,000 motorists starting today State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s law eliminating punitive driver responsibility fees in Michigan takes effect today. Chatfield, of Levering, introduced the measure, which was signed into law in March as part of a multi-bill package ending the fees and offering full forgiveness of outstanding debt. “Driver responsibility…

Rep. Chatfield: Stronger pipeline safety standards needed in Straits

State Rep. Lee Chatfield’s plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac was approved today by the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to the people of Michigan. “While…

Rep. Chatfield welcomes residents to fall office hours

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours in the months of September and October. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Monday, Sept. 17 10 to 11 a.m. at the Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce, 401 E. Mitchell St. in Petoskey; Monday, Oct. 15 10 to 11 a.m….

Chippewa County sheriff joins Rep. Chatfield for Sept. 11 ceremony

State Rep. Lee Chatfield, of Levering, is joined today by Chippewa County Sheriff Mike Bitnar, for the House of Representatives’ annual Sept. 11 ceremony. The observance memorializes Michigan first responders and members of the military who died in the line of duty during the past year.

Rep. Chatfield announces summer office hour schedule

State Rep. Lee Chatfield invites residents to join him during local office hours for the months of July and August. The schedule for office hours is as follows: Wednesday, July 25 10 to 11 a.m. at the Cheboygan Area Chamber of Commerce, 124 N. Main St. in Cheboygan. Friday, August 10 8:30 to 9:30 a.m….

Northern Michigan representatives unveil additional protections for Great Lakes

Plan improves pipeline safety, increases accountability Three northern Michigan representatives have introduced a plan to better protect the Great Lakes by strengthening pipeline safety standards in the Straits of Mackinac. State Reps. Lee Chatfield, Sue Allor and Triston Cole said the comprehensive plan ensures vessels and utility companies operating in the Straits are accountable to…

Rep. Chatfield announces funding for Brimley-area health center, LSSU community center

Funding included in new state budget   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today announced the state budget approved by the Legislature will fund construction at a health center in Brimley. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the budget includes $1.5 million to fund the new construction at the Bay Mills Indian Community Ellen Marshall Memorial Health Center….

Rep. Chatfield announces funding for Great Lakes Center for the Arts

Funding included in new state budget   State Rep. Lee Chatfield today announced the state budget approved by the Legislature will fund construction at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts in Bay Harbor. Rep. Chatfield, of Levering, said the budget includes $1 million to fund the completion of the project. Rep. Chatfield said the…

Rep. Chatfield announces emergency rule mandating no-anchor zone in Straits

New state rule helps protect Michigan’s residents, environment State Rep. Lee Chatfield today announced the state has implemented an emergency rule immediately prohibiting anchoring in the Straits of Mackinac to prevent damage to pipeline infrastructure. “Anchor strikes in the Straits of Mackinac represent a clear and present danger to the people and natural resources of…

State Rep. Lee Chatfield recognized by LSSU Board of Trustees

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. The Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees recognized State Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) for his efforts in supporting necessary campus electrical grid upgrades during the May 11 public session board meeting. The electrical grid upgrade project is a multi-year, multi-phase project which includes two primary cable replacements and removal of…