Kelly House

Kelly House covers Michigan environmental issues for Bridge. She joined the Bridge staff in March 2020. Previously, Kelly reported for the Oregonian, where her coverage of the environment and other topics garnered national honors and sparked state efforts to better protect Oregon’s natural resources. She has a master’s degree in environmental law from Lewis & Clark Law School and a bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan State University. She is from Harrison and lives in Lansing. You can reach her at khouse@bridgemi.com or on Twitter at @Kelly_M_House.

Articles

Michigan cities must begin replacing lead pipes. But who has the cash?

Michigan cities must begin replacing lead pipes. But who has the cash?

January 15, 2021 | Kelly House

Under a Snyder-era reform following the Flint water crisis, Michigan utilities must begin switching out lead service lines this month, part of a 20-year project. But some already are seeking extensions and some cash-strapped cities are reluctant to have vulnerable ratepayers shoulder the burden.

Q&A: How to protect against lead as Michigan waits for new water pipes

Q&A: How to protect against lead as Michigan waits for new water pipes

January 15, 2021 | Kelly House

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who helped uncover the Flint water crisis, said Michigan’s lead service line replacement program is a major stride toward reducing lead exposure. But Michigan residents need not wait to start protecting themselves from lead-tainted water.

Flint residents unimpressed by Snyder charges linked to lead poisoning

Flint residents unimpressed by Snyder charges linked to lead poisoning

January 14, 2021 | Kelly House

Years after a cost-cutting move resulted in lead-poisoned drinking water in Flint, residents said they are furious that the governor who placed their city under emergency control won’t face more serious charges.

Rick Snyder, top aides expected to face charges in Flint water crisis

Rick Snyder, top aides expected to face charges in Flint water crisis

January 12, 2021 | Jonathan Oosting, Kelly House

Prosecutors are expected to bring new charges Thursday against a host of public officials in the poisoning of Flint. Residents welcome the charges, but attorneys call the case a ‘debacle’ and ‘trial by ambush.’

Enbridge to Michigan: We won’t shut down Line 5

Enbridge to Michigan: We won’t shut down Line 5

January 12, 2021 | Kelly House

In a letter Tuesday to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a senior executive for the Canadian oil company said Enbridge won’t comply with Whitmer’s order to shut down the pipeline and alleged state officials relied on outdated and faulty information to justify the shutdown order.

Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

Michigan Republicans who pushed false fraud claims: Don’t blame us for riots

January 6, 2021 | Madeline Halpert, Kelly House

A year of violence, much of which was rooted in Michigan, erupts in mayhem in Washington. While all sides condemn the violence, Democrats say Republicans fueled flames for months and Black activists were treated far differently for civil rights protests.

Michigan gravel industry to again try to limit local control on mining

Michigan gravel industry to again try to limit local control on mining

January 6, 2021 | Kelly House

But this year, groups opposed to gravel mining in their communities say they will fight back with legislation of their own. After years of litigation, is 2021 the year the two sides find common ground?

What Jennifer Granholm’s appointment as energy secretary means for Michigan

What Jennifer Granholm’s appointment as energy secretary means for Michigan

December 16, 2020 | Kelly House

 Energy and political experts expect Granholm to borrow a page from her playbook as governor, using grant programs and financial incentives to fund research and attract industry investment in a carbon-free economy.

With Line 5 closure, a ‘game of chicken’ over how to heat Upper Peninsula

With Line 5 closure, a ‘game of chicken’ over how to heat Upper Peninsula

December 16, 2020 | Kelly House

Weaning the U.P. of its dependence on Enbridge Line 5 will likely require investments in rail or truck-based propane transport. But one month after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Enbridge to shutter Line 5 by May, a Plan B for propane has yet to emerge.

Michigan utilities may soon limit payouts to homes with rooftop solar

Michigan utilities may soon limit payouts to homes with rooftop solar

December 16, 2020 | Kelly House

Michigan utilities are reaching caps on private renewable energy which means that, without new laws, they may no longer have to reimburse some homeowners for solar energy returned to the grid.

Michigan health workers, senior facilities likely first for COVID vaccine

Michigan health workers, senior facilities likely first for COVID vaccine

December 1, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House

A federal panel Tuesday evening issued guidance that prioritizes Michigan’s front-line workers and its elderly in long-term care facilities. Vaccines for other vulnerable groups to follow, before the general public.

COVID vaccine for Michigan health workers may arrive by next week

COVID vaccine for Michigan health workers may arrive by next week

December 1, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kelly House

Michigan’s health care workers would be the first in line to receive a vaccine, which was developed within a year — an unprecedented effort against a deadly virus. A vaccine for the general population could arrive as early as spring, Michigan’s chief medical executive tells Bridge.

Enbridge sues Michigan over Line 5 shutdown order

Enbridge sues Michigan over Line 5 shutdown order

November 24, 2020 | Kelly House

The energy company announced Tuesday it has filed a complaint in federal court seeking to block Gov. Gretchen Whitmer from moving forward with plans to shut down Line 5 by May.

With COVID everywhere, Michigan contact tracers losing control of spread

With COVID everywhere, Michigan contact tracers losing control of spread

November 20, 2020 | Kelly House

The public health system is so overwhelmed, health departments are advising residents not to expect a call from contact tracers if they’ve been exposed to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, federal money may soon run out.

Michigan upholds Nestlé permit to withdraw 576K gallons of groundwater daily

Michigan upholds Nestlé permit to withdraw 576K gallons of groundwater daily

November 20, 2020 | Kelly House

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has dismissed a complaint challenging the 2018 permit that allows the company to increase its withdrawals form the Osceola County well, concluding Nestlé’s opponents should have taken their case to court.

Experts: Whitmer has upper hand in Line 5 case, but May shutdown is uncertain

Experts: Whitmer has upper hand in Line 5 case, but May shutdown is uncertain

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House

Legal experts say the state has broad discretion to take action to protect the Great Lakes from environmental harm. Enbridge’s willingness to fight Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shutdown order may depend on its ability to keep the oil flowing during litigation.

Michigan politicians ran on water problems. Activists want money for fixes.

Michigan politicians ran on water problems. Activists want money for fixes.

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House

Water advocates say they plan to push state and federal lawmakers for more funding to address PFAS, lead line replacement, and other water issues. But the COVID-19 crisis could make budget dollars scarce.

City of Flint, McLaren join water crisis settlement, bringing pot to $641M

City of Flint, McLaren join water crisis settlement, bringing pot to $641M

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House

Three new defendants have signed onto a preliminary settlement tied to the Flint water crisis and a judge is reviewing the agreement, bringing residents one step closer to financial compensation for the manmade catastrophe.

As Great Lakes pummel Michigan, beach towns rush to set development rules

As Great Lakes pummel Michigan, beach towns rush to set development rules

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House

Facing widespread coastal damage amid record high water levels, some lakeshore communities are rethinking policies that allowed people to build too close to the water.

Five themes to watch as Michigan reconsiders its use of public lands

Five themes to watch as Michigan reconsiders its use of public lands

November 18, 2020 | Kelly House

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is working on an update to the plan that guides management decisions over 4.6 million acres of public lands. Here’s what to expect.

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