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 Judge: Enbridge can resume full operations on Michigan Line 5 pipeline

Judge: Enbridge can resume full operations on Michigan Line 5 pipeline

September 9, 2020 | Kelly House

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge James Jamo on Wednesday said Enbridge can resume normal operations on Line 5, which had been partially shut down for months after damage was discovered to an anchor support on the lakebottom petroleum pipeline.

The deadly disease that wiped out 90% of the Upper Peninsula’s bats, and a new hope for one species

The deadly disease that wiped out 90% of the Upper Peninsula’s bats, and a new hope for one species

September 8, 2020 | Cassidy Hough, Great Lakes Echo

A new study shows a glimmer of hope for bats affected by white-nose syndrome.

Enbridge just wants a permit. Michigan critics want to bring down Line 5

Enbridge just wants a permit. Michigan critics want to bring down Line 5

September 8, 2020 | Kelly House

As the Public Service Commission considers whether to allow Enbridge to move pipelines into a tunnel, opponents hope to elevate the case into a broader discussion over whether Line 5 is good for Michigan.

Safety woes linger at Edenville Dam after huge flood, Michigan report finds

Safety woes linger at Edenville Dam after huge flood, Michigan report finds

September 1, 2020 | Kelly House

A report into a massive dam failure in mid-Michigan didn’t assess blame, but recommends breaching part of the Edenville Dam to minimize damage and other safety concerns.

Amid racial reckoning, activists press Whitmer for environmental justice

Amid racial reckoning, activists press Whitmer for environmental justice

August 31, 2020 | Kelly House, Olivia Lewis

A deepening debate in the nation on systemic racial inequities has inspired Michigan activities to seize this societal moment to achieve reforms for communities of color that too often bare the burden of pollution in their communities.

Pandemic brings record crowds to Michigan parks. (And trash and trouble)

Pandemic brings record crowds to Michigan parks. (And trash and trouble)

August 17, 2020 | Kelly House

Parks, harbors, campgrounds and beaches are seeing big upticks in visitors this summer, as COVID-19 restricts summer travel options and vacationers embrace outdoor recreation for its built-in social distancing.

As Michigan makes PFAS strides, Oscoda residents say Air Force is stalling

As Michigan makes PFAS strides, Oscoda residents say Air Force is stalling

August 17, 2020 | Kelly House

Residents of Michigan’s first known PFAS site say 10 years after the toxic “forever chemicals” were discovered at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base, the Air Force is deliberately delaying cleanup and balking at the state’s new PFAS standards.

Michigan’s new PFAS rules: 5 things to know

Michigan’s new PFAS rules: 5 things to know

August 17, 2020 | Kelly House

With new standards in place, state regulators will now set about identifying new violators and initiating treatment or cleanups. Here’s what you need to know.

Michigan businesses want cut of millions from uncollected pop returnables

Michigan businesses want cut of millions from uncollected pop returnables

August 12, 2020 | Kelly House

The beverage industry is pushing for legislation that would give it a piece of the $40 million-plus from Michigan’s unclaimed bottle deposit money, diverting it away from state environmental cleanups.

Edenville Dam owners file for bankruptcy, blaming regulators for floods

Edenville Dam owners file for bankruptcy, blaming regulators for floods

August 4, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Kelly House

Facing a host of lawsuits, companies that operated the dams that failed during historic flooding seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, using the filing to list a litany of grievances against federal regulators and neighbors.

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.

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.

Michigan DNR missed chance to test worker diagnosed with TB a year later

Michigan DNR missed chance to test worker diagnosed with TB a year later

June 29, 2020 | John Barnes

Michigan’s failure to test a wildlife lab technician for tuberculosis in 2018 means it may have missed an opportunity to identify the outbreak before four additional workers tested positive last summer.

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