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Michigan Governor orders statewide control of natural gas supply



Governor Whitmer orders state control of the natural gas supply. (Photo: WEYI / WSMH)

Schools and state offices closed for Thurs. January 31, 2019, and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer monitored the situation over the state from the Command Board here at Michigan State Police Headquarters.

"I feel very good and proud of the work we have done," Governor Whitmer said.

Some of that work involves clearing the roads despite the bitter temperatures.

"In the last 24-48 hours, we've had 1,200 trucks on the road around the clock," said Paul Ajegba, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation. "Three hundred of them MDOT and 900 of them with local counties and cities out there."

"We couldn't have gotten through the last 36 hours without his hard work," Whitmer said. "We will continue to make sure that they know hard work is not unnoticed."

The Department of Health and Human Services said they have responded to over 50 conversations in 26 counties across the state, mainly to help with propane problems.

"I know Michiganders are tough that the weather does not phase us, but this is a regular time," Whitmer said.

The governor also asks for a state control of the natural gas and propane supply in light of these historical temperatures and the fire on the consumer energy compressor station.

"It's important to get hold of what happened here and make sure we are in a stronger position next time," Whitmer said.

While grateful for the work done, the governor said that Michigan is not out of the woods yet. When the cold spells, there will be new issues to worry about such as ice skating and flooding.


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