Casperson calls for Executive Order; Governor signs

For Immediate Release
July 24, 2012

Contact: Marty Fittante
517-373-7840

Casperson calls for Executive Order; Governor signs

LANSING, Mich.—A petroleum pipeline stretching from Milwaukee to Green Bay, Wisconsin, sprung a leak last week and was shut down.

The incident has required oil companies in Wisconsin and in the Upper Peninsula to send their truckers farther than usual to reach available supplies of gasoline and diesel. That additional trucking has brought many truckers up to the maximum hours of service restrictions that are imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the states of Michigan and Wisconsin.

On Friday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed an Executive Order with the blessing of FMCSA to exempt commercial motor vehicle operators hauling gasoline and diesel from the weekly maximum hours of service requirements, while keeping the daily requirements in place due to public safety concerns. That order went into effect on Saturday.

Over the weekend, several gas stations in the Upper Peninsula began to experience shortages in fuel. Senator Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, aware of the potential fuel shortages, contacted Gov. Rick Snyder’s office to fix the issue.

At the behest of Casperson, the Michigan State Police and the Governor’s office investigated the situation and determined that they needed to act to avoid the logistical disaster that could hit the Upper Peninsula if a succession of gas stations was left without fuel.

Governor Snyder today signed an Executive Order, 2012-12, to suspend hours of service restrictions to motor carriers assisting in this fuel shortage and to ensure gasoline and diesel supplies to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are not disrupted and insure the public health, safety and welfare of residents in the Upper Peninsula is protected.

“Governor Snyder recognized the geographic nature of this emergency and he responded to it in a way that shows there’s more than just the Mighty Mac that holds Michigan together,” said Casperson.

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***Revised Media Advisory***

For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2012

Contact: Kendra Everett
517-373-7840

***Revised Media Advisory***

Casperson to hold town hall meeting in Cedar River with Rep. Ed McBroom

Who:
State Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba); and
State Rep. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan).

What:
Cedar River Township town hall meeting.

When:
Thursday, July 26
4 -6 p.m. Central Time

Where:
Lighthouse Pub
8212 N. M-35
Cedar River

Brief:
Casperson announced that he will hold a town hall meeting in Cedar River in July. Casperson will be joined by McBroom from the 108th House district.

This will be an opportunity for local residents to meet with Casperson and McBroom to address issues related to state government. No appointment is necessary.

For more information or to contact Casperson, please visit www.senatortomcasperson.com or call toll-free at 1-866-305-2038.

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Casperson to hold informational meetings on beach grooming law changes

LANSING, Mich.— A measure to remove state regulations that limit shoreline owners’ ability to mow and groom their beaches was signed by the governor on Tuesday and is effective immediately, said sponsor Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba.

“Property owners with sandy beaches that have become overgrown with vegetation due to restrictive state regulations will have more flexibility to either mow or remove that vegetation under the new law,” Casperson said. “Although property owners may begin to groom their beaches immediately, I encourage them to ask questions and understand their rights and responsibilities under the new law before proceeding with any grooming activities to ensure that they are aware of the few regulations that remain.”

Senate Bill 1052, now Public Act 247 of 2012, removed restrictions implemented by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that have limited how beach maintenance can be done. Under the new law, property owners no longer need to get a permit from the DEQ for beach grooming activities on sandy beaches, meaning that DEQ cannot limit their efforts to mow, level sand or remove vegetation on sandy beaches.

However, certain non-beach-grooming activities like construction projects, digging of channels, or dredging below the ordinary high watermark will still be subject to a permit from the DEQ, grooming activities in coastal wetlands would still require a state permit, and some grooming activities will still be regulated by the Army Corps of Engineers and need a permit under federal regulations.

“Although there are still some restrictions on property owners that I believe to be unnecessary, this is a big step in the right direction,” Casperson said. “In the next few weeks, we will have some informational meetings throughout the district to help the public in general and beach owners in particular understand the changes in the law and better understand and illustrate what is permissible. Everyone is welcome, and I am hopeful that many are able to attend.”

The meeting information will be provided to local newspapers, or residents are welcome to contact Casperson’s Senate office at (866) 305-2038 for details.

 

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***Cancelled***

For Immediate Release
July 10, 2012

Contact: Marty Fittante
517-373-7840

***Cancelled***

The two informational meetings regarding beach grooming, scheduled for July 13 and 16, have been cancelled and will be rescheduled in the near future.

Sen. Casperson to hold informational meetings on beach grooming law changes

WHO:
State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, and interested members of the public.

WHAT:
Informational meetings on recent changes to state law regarding beach grooming.

WHEN and WHERE:
Friday, July 13
10 a.m.
Manistique City Hall
300 N. Maple Ave.
Manistique, MI

Monday, July 16
9 a.m.
Bay College
Herman Center, Room 952
2001 N. Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI

BRIEF:
Sponsored by Casperson, Public Act 247 of 2012 (Senate Bill 1052) removed restrictions implemented by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that have limited how beach maintenance can be done.

Under the new law, property owners no longer need to get a permit from the DEQ for beach grooming activities on sandy beaches, meaning that DEQ cannot limit their efforts to mow, level sand or remove vegetation on sandy beaches. Some state regulations remain for coastal wetland areas, and federal regulations remain for leveling or grooming of sand, so beach owners should ensure they understand the regulations or ask questions before proceeding with grooming activities.