Gov. Rick Snyder updates Pipeline Safety Advisory Board

Adds tribal government representative to membership

Thursday, November 5, 2015

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today, announced the addition of Homer A. Mandoka, chairperson of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi to the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board.

Executive Order 2015-14, rescinds and reissues Executive Order 2015-12 which originally created the Pipeline Safety Advisory Board in September. The update accounts for the addition of a board member representing an elected official of a tribal government located in Michigan that is eligible to receive services from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

“Michigan’s tribal governments play a vital role in the preservation of our state’s world-class resources,” Snyder said. “I am confident Chairman Mandoka’s passion and work ethic will be an asset to the board and I thank him for his willingness to help ensure our lakes, streams and rivers are protected for years to come.”

Mandoka, of Bronson, is chairman of the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and president of the United Tribes of Michigan. He was recognized as the 2013 “Tribal Leader of the Year” by the Native American Finance Officers Association and served with the Bronson Police Department. Mandoka is FEMA certified in emergency management and is passionate about safe petroleum transportation. The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi’s ancestral homelands include the Kalamazoo River basin where the tribe was an integral part of the Kalamazoo River cleanup following the 2010 Enbridge oil spill. Mandoka earned an associate degree in law enforcement from Kellogg Community College.

The board’s previously appointed members include industry, environmental and conservation representatives, cabinet members and members of the public. They will continue serving until their terms expire on Dec. 31, 2018. Their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

The now 16-member Pipeline Safety Advisory Board works to protect Michigan’s environment including our lakes, rivers and other resources and is charged with advising state agencies on matters related to pipeline routing, construction, operation and maintenance. Its creation was one of 13 recommendations included in the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force’s July report

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