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

Edenville Dam inspector: ‘People want to point fingers,’ but I did my best

Edenville Dam inspector: ‘People want to point fingers,’ but I did my best

August 3, 2020 | Kelly House

Michigan is adding a third dam inspector as part of reforms following the failure of the Edenville Dam that caused $200 million in damages. One inspector who oversaw the dam defends the state’s actions, saying “There’s no ‘Easy’ button, or we would have pushed it.” 

COVID-19 hinders Michigan’s efforts to track mosquito-borne illnesses

COVID-19 hinders Michigan’s efforts to track mosquito-borne illnesses

August 3, 2020 | Kelly House

Testing delays and lab shutdowns tied to the novel coronavirus have stymied public health officials’ efforts to track and contain mosquito-borne illnesses after a deadly outbreak of diseases in 2019.

Supreme Court: Flint residents can seek damages from state in lead crisis

Supreme Court: Flint residents can seek damages from state in lead crisis

July 29, 2020 | Kelly House, Jonathan Oosting

Michigan’s highest court ruled that residents can proceed with a case seeking financial damages from the state and emergency managers for their role in the Flint water crisis.

10 years later, Kalamazoo River spill still colors Enbridge pipeline debate

10 years later, Kalamazoo River spill still colors Enbridge pipeline debate

July 24, 2020 | Kelly House

A decade since oil spewed into the Kalamazoo River from Enbridge’s Line 6B, the cleanup effort is ending. But the spill’s legacy lives on in the debate it sparked over Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

 Legal claim blames federal regulators for Edenville Dam failure

Legal claim blames federal regulators for Edenville Dam failure

July 22, 2020 | Kelly House

In a claim filed this week, a Sanford couple whose home was destroyed in the floodwater argues federal regulators never should have granted Boyce Hydro a license to generate power at the Edenville Dam.

Michigan’s coast is being armored with seawalls, making erosion worse

Michigan’s coast is being armored with seawalls, making erosion worse

July 17, 2020 | Kelly House

Desperate to save homes from encroaching waves, shoreline property owners are hardening shorelines on the Great Lakes at a feverish pace. Experts fear these barriers will do harm in the long term.

Michigan coastal towns try sand 'renourishment’ to restore beaches

Michigan coastal towns try sand 'renourishment’ to restore beaches

July 17, 2020 | Kelly House

Great Lakes towns affected by rapid erosion amid record-high water levels are petitioning the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to bolster their beaches with sand transported from offsite.

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. 

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