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

On Mackinac Island, Lake Huron’s waves are destroying an iconic highway

On Mackinac Island, Lake Huron’s waves are destroying an iconic highway

July 9, 2020 | Kelly House

State officials are scrambling to save the carless road that encircles the island, beloved as one of Michigan most scenic bike rides. High waters and relentless winter storms are chewing up state coastal roads.

Lawyers for Michigan argue to keep Enbridge Line 5 closed for safety

Lawyers for Michigan argue to keep Enbridge Line 5 closed for safety

June 30, 2020 | Kelly House

Line 5 will remain closed until further notice, after a judge declined to rule from the bench Tuesday on state attorney’s request for a preliminary injunction to keep the petroleum pipeline closed until Enbridge convinces the state it’s safe to reopen.

Michigan regulator: Enbridge needs permission to move Line 5 into tunnel

Michigan regulator: Enbridge needs permission to move Line 5 into tunnel

June 30, 2020 | Kelly House

The Michigan Public Service Commission ruled that Enbridge must get its approval to move Line 5 into a tunnel it already had permission to build below the Straits of Mackinac, teeing up a lengthy public debate.

Enbridge Line 5 shutdown prompts Michigan debate over risks vs. economic harm

Enbridge Line 5 shutdown prompts Michigan debate over risks vs. economic harm

June 25, 2020 | Kelly House

After a judge ordered the pipeline temporarily shuttered following damage last week, an Upper Peninsula lawmaker said he feared economic repercussions. But energy analysts say a short-term stoppage won’t cause much pain. 

Michigan judge orders temporary Enbridge Line 5 shutdown

Michigan judge orders temporary Enbridge Line 5 shutdown

June 25, 2020 | Kelly House

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo orders Canadian oil company Enbridge to cease operations “as immediately as possible,” following reports last week of damage to the lake-bottom petroleum pipeline.

Michigan Democratic congressional members seek Enbridge Line 5 shutdown

Michigan Democratic congressional members seek Enbridge Line 5 shutdown

June 24, 2020 | Kelly House

In a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, Democratic members also called for a federal investigation into what caused damage to an anchor support on the lakebottom pipeline.

DTE Energy vows ‘net zero’ natural gas by 2050

DTE Energy vows ‘net zero’ natural gas by 2050

June 24, 2020 | Kelly House

The energy company’s natural gas business has joined its electricity business in vowing to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050. Here are four takeaways from Bridge’s interview with the company’s CEO.

Whitmer takes a second crack at naming Michigan natural resources members

Whitmer takes a second crack at naming Michigan natural resources members

June 23, 2020 | Kelly House

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appoints three members to the  Natural Resources Commission, filling the seats after the Republican-led Senate rejected two previous appointments in February.

Dana Nessel asks for temporary shutdown of Enbridge Line 5 after damage

Dana Nessel asks for temporary shutdown of Enbridge Line 5 after damage

June 22, 2020 | Kelly House

The Michigan attorney general on Monday asked an Ingham County Circuit Court judge to order the closure until more is known about how it sustained “significant damage” to an anchor support.

Enbridge Line 5 shut down after anchor support incurs ‘significant damage’

Enbridge Line 5 shut down after anchor support incurs ‘significant damage’

June 19, 2020 | Kelly House

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday announced the damage and called on Enbridge Energy’s CEO to release “all information available” about the incident in the Straits of Mackinac.

Michigan farm industry pushes back against state limits on manure spread

Michigan farm industry pushes back against state limits on manure spread

June 19, 2020 | Kelly House

A coalition of farmers and industry groups challenges the state’s attempt to rein in water pollution by limiting when and how manure from large animal farms can be spread as fertilizer on farmland.

Whitmer administration names outside team to probe Edenville dam failure

Whitmer administration names outside team to probe Edenville dam failure

June 18, 2020 | Kelly House, Mike Wilkinson

After criticism from experts and others who argued the state should not lead an investigation into what caused the dam failure that flooded mid-Michigan last month, the state announced an independent six-person team

As coasts flood, Michigan towns must choose what to save and what can wait

As coasts flood, Michigan towns must choose what to save and what can wait

June 17, 2020 | Kelly House

As Great Lakes waters threaten roads, beaches and treatment facilities, COVID-19 has created giant budget shortfalls. Local officials must make tough decisions about which problems to fix, and which to let fester. 

Corrected: Michigan knew of Edenville dam issues in August 2019

Corrected: Michigan knew of Edenville dam issues in August 2019

June 16, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

The owner of the failed Edenville dam claimed it lacked money to make needed safety upgrades. Instead of demanding flood repairs, state lawyers played hardball on the cost of dead mussels.

Judge: Edenville Dam still poses ‘grave risk,’ needs immediate inspection

Judge: Edenville Dam still poses ‘grave risk,’ needs immediate inspection

June 16, 2020 | Kelly House

A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the Edenville Dam’s owner to report back by Friday with a plan to take “immediate action” if lingering damage to the dam’s Tobacco River side poses an ongoing risk to the public.

Appeals court sides with Enbridge over Dana Nessel in Line 5 tunnel dispute

Appeals court sides with Enbridge over Dana Nessel in Line 5 tunnel dispute

June 11, 2020 | Kelly House

In a unanimous opinion issued Thursday, a three-judge panel rejected the Michigan Attorney General’s constitutional challenge to the Republican-passed 2018 law that made way for the Line 5 tunnel project.

After Edenville Dam fail, five other Michigan dams may pose lethal danger

After Edenville Dam fail, five other Michigan dams may pose lethal danger

June 5, 2020 | Kelly House, Mike Wilkinson

Five state-regulated dams listed as high-hazard and in poor condition could kill people and cause widespread damage if they fail, according to the state. They are located throughout the state.

After Midland floods, a question: Where did waters carry toxic chemicals?

After Midland floods, a question: Where did waters carry toxic chemicals?

June 3, 2020 | Kelly House

Scientists and environmental activists say they’re hopeful recent floodwaters didn’t undo years of work to clean up dioxin contamination in the Tittabawassee River, but they’re awaiting sampling results to know for sure.

Insomnia, flashbacks hitting Michigan hospital workers as coronavirus ebbs

Insomnia, flashbacks hitting Michigan hospital workers as coronavirus ebbs

June 3, 2020 | Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Kelly House

Burnout and suicide rates were already high among health care workers. Now, hospital systems and mental health providers are responding to trauma caused by the intensity of responding to COVID-19.

Line 5 tunnel’s future could hinge on a few words in 2018 law, court learns

Line 5 tunnel’s future could hinge on a few words in 2018 law, court learns

June 3, 2020 | Kelly House

The Michigan Court of Appeals to decide whether a law that paved the way for a planned tunnel in the Straits of Mackinac is constitutional, since words in its title didn’t match the text of the law.

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