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Michigan Senate approves plan to preserve Line 5 before foes take office

Michigan Senate approves plan to preserve Line 5 before foes take office

December 5, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Rick Snyder cleared a hurdle in his race to lock-in a plan to swap out twin pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac and protect them in a bedrock tunnel.

Michigan lawmakers: ‘Every little thing’ doesn’t need environmental protection

Michigan lawmakers: ‘Every little thing’ doesn’t need environmental protection

December 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

With little debate, legislation is sailing through the Legislature to deregulate wetlands, loosen rules for cleaning toxic sites and secure Line 5. The changes are ‘unprecedented," a critic says. 

As he exits, Michigan lawmaker wants to gut wetland protection, boost waste

As he exits, Michigan lawmaker wants to gut wetland protection, boost waste

December 4, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Term-limited Republican Sen. Tom Casperson’s lame-duck bills would cut wetland protections in half in most counties, raise allowable levels of radioactive landfill waste 10-fold and limit local zoning of mining activity.

Mackinac Bridge Authority shouldn't oversee Line 5 tunnel, Michigan Republicans say

Mackinac Bridge Authority shouldn't oversee Line 5 tunnel, Michigan Republicans say

December 3, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Facing pushback and scrambling to complete his tunnel plan before leaving office, Michigan’s governor scraps plan to have bridge authority oversee project.  

Flint finds replacing lead pipes isn’t easy. Even when state promises to pay

Flint finds replacing lead pipes isn’t easy. Even when state promises to pay

November 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Momentum has stalled, costs are rising dramatically, and state officials are threatening to halt funding for efforts to replace all of Flint’s water lead pipes.

Michigan environment roundup: Climate change spells trouble for Midwest farmers

Michigan environment roundup: Climate change spells trouble for Midwest farmers

November 28, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

The latest can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Michigan waited years to heed warnings on PFAS dangers, expert says

Michigan waited years to heed warnings on PFAS dangers, expert says

November 13, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A DEQ veteran sounded alarms about threats to waters in 2010. Seven years later, Michigan took action. ‘I was at the edge of the abyss looking into hell,” scientist testifies.

Mackinac Bridge Authority in no hurry to consider Line 5 tunnel deal

Mackinac Bridge Authority in no hurry to consider Line 5 tunnel deal

November 8, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

On his way out of office, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder presents Line 5 tunnel deal to bridge authority members, drawing deep scrutiny. 

 Gretchen Whitmer and Dana Nessel vowed to shut Line 5. Now’s their chance

Gretchen Whitmer and Dana Nessel vowed to shut Line 5. Now’s their chance

November 8, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Halting Enbridge Energy’s oil pumping beneath the Straits of Mackinac was key promise in the Democratic campaigns of Michigan’s next governor and attorney general. Can they deliver?

Lead levels drop in Michigan kids after Flint spike. But so does testing.

Lead levels drop in Michigan kids after Flint spike. But so does testing.

November 2, 2018 | Joel Kurth, Mike Wilkinson

With map: After a one-year increase, blood lead levels are down again in Michigan. But is it because fewer people are getting tested now that the Flint water crisis has faded?

In Northern Michigan, tribes protesting Line 5 hunker down for winter

In Northern Michigan, tribes protesting Line 5 hunker down for winter

November 2, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Representing Native Americans across Michigan and beyond, a small group of “water protectors” say they plan to camp out near the Straits of Mackinac until Enbridge Energy’s oil pipeline is shut down.

Michigan tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel plan ignores treaty rights

Michigan tribes say Line 5 pipeline tunnel plan ignores treaty rights

November 2, 2018 | Andy Balaskovitz

Grand Traverse Band says ‘we were here first,’ but have been ‘pushed aside and treated as second-class people’ during debate and discussion about the controversial oil pipeline.

Great Lakes drownings peaked in 2018. And the year’s not over.

Great Lakes drownings peaked in 2018. And the year’s not over.

November 2, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

A safety advocacy group has tracked 728 Great Lakes drownings since 2010, including 105 in the first 10 months of 2018.

Minnesota has fought PFAS for years. Here’s how its plan can help Michigan.

Minnesota has fought PFAS for years. Here’s how its plan can help Michigan.

October 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Michigan is planning to sue 3M for manufacturing hazardous chemicals showing up in water systems. Minnesota sued the company years ago and is sharing documents and other information, a top Minnesota regulator says.

Michigan environment roundup: ‘Bee highway’ to the rescue in Detroit

Michigan environment roundup: ‘Bee highway’ to the rescue in Detroit

October 17, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

This week’s can’t-miss journalism about Michigan’s natural resources.

Enbridge to build $350M tunnel to protect Line 5 in Straits of Mackinac

Enbridge to build $350M tunnel to protect Line 5 in Straits of Mackinac

October 3, 2018 | Jim Malewitz

Gov. Rick Snyder announces that he won’t seek shutdown of controversial oil pipeline, opting instead for an agreement with its owners, Enbridge Energy, to protect it with a tunnel.

Monarch butterflies need saving in Michigan. Fenton woman does her part.

Monarch butterflies need saving in Michigan. Fenton woman does her part.

October 3, 2018 | Timothy Jagielo

Climate change, loss of habitat and destruction of milkweed are plunging populations of monarch butterflies, which are vital to the ecosystem.

Michigan groundwater emergency threatens fish, drinking water, way of life

Michigan groundwater emergency threatens fish, drinking water, way of life

September 26, 2018 | Brett Walton

From PFAS to leaking septic tanks and farm runoff, Michigan’s most precious resource –  its fresh water – is under assault from a host of threats. A new report says the crisis doesn’t receive the urgency it deserves.

Lack of oversight allows leaky septic systems to befoul Michigan waters

Lack of oversight allows leaky septic systems to befoul Michigan waters

September 26, 2018 | Brett Walton

One in three homes in Michigan is hooked up to septic systems, and the state is one of a few in the nation without laws governing residential units.

Dry wells, salty crops forced Ottawa County to confront groundwater crisis

Dry wells, salty crops forced Ottawa County to confront groundwater crisis

September 26, 2018 | Brett Walton

Booming development declines aquifers, making them more polluted with dangerous nitrates. Even though Michigan is home to the Great Lakes, some communities are learning the wells can run dry.

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