Environment

Indigenous Siberians, barred from fighting fossil fuels back home, join Line 5 fight

BY: - May 19, 2022

In the United States and Canada, Native citizens can point to long-held treaty rights as attempted recourse against encroaching fossil fuel projects. Such is the case with the Great Lakes tribes that oppose Canadian company Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in Michigan and Line 3 in Minnesota. However, there is no such recourse available for Indigenous […]

Updated: Blue Lakes Fire in the northern Lower Peninsula is now 75% contained

BY: - May 16, 2022

Updated, 4:12 p.m., 5/16/22 Firefighters continue to battle a wildfire in Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula, which, as of Monday, is about 75% contained. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reports its fire crews, along with local partners, continued to connect remaining containment line gaps in wet, low-lying areas in Montmorency and Cheboygan counties. The […]

Indigenous citizens from U.S., Canada, Siberia converge for Line 5 ‘eviction’ anniversary

BY: - May 13, 2022

If Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had her way, Friday would have marked one year since the two 20-inch underwater pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac last saw a drop of Canadian crude oil. Instead, the flow of oil through the twin Line 5 pipelines has not ceased — although neither has the rising tide of international […]

Biden administration vows to speed up environmental permits needed for infrastructure projects

BY: - May 11, 2022

President Joe Biden’s administration will seek to hasten construction of roads, bridges, wind farms and more by tweaking the federal review process for environmental and other permits, administration officials said Tuesday. On a press call, administration officials said they were seeking to make permitting easier without sacrificing environmental standards. The new permitting plan includes five […]

Indigenous women leaders say Line 5 reroute project would be cultural, environmental ‘genocide’

BY: - May 10, 2022

Indigenous water protectors from Great Lakes tribes and their supporters are calling on a federal agency to fully review and reject a Line 5 project in northern Wisconsin, which they say would be “an act of cultural genocide” if permitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The embattled Line 5 pipeline originates at […]

Granholm, Whitmer, members of Congress cut ribbon for MSU’s $730M nuclear research facility

BY: - May 2, 2022

After 13 years of work and a nearly $1 billion investment, state and national leaders came together in East Lansing Monday for a prestigious ribbon-cutting ceremony for the one-of-a-kind scientific facility. The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), housed on Michigan State University’s campus next to academic buildings and across the street from the MSU […]

Enbridge, Nessel fight over Line 5 pipeline in holding pattern 

BY: - May 1, 2022

Updated, 8:26 p.m., 5/3/22, with comments from Enbridge When Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel took office in 2019, both having campaigned on decommissioning Enbridge’s Line 5, they ushered in a flurry of legal and regulatory battles over the embattled oil pipeline. Two federal lawsuits could determine the fate of the 69-year-old […]

Whitmer unveils ‘game-changer’ climate plan for carbon neutrality by 2050

BY: - April 23, 2022

Standing among a solar array in Traverse City on Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the release of Michigan’s new “healthy climate” plan for the state to eventually achieve 100% economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050. The MI Healthy Climate Plan has been two years in the making since Whitmer directed its creation in 2020, tasking the […]

On Earth Day, Biden signs order to catalog and conserve old-growth forests

BY: - April 22, 2022

Updated, 8:35 a.m., 4/23/22 President Joe Biden signed an executive order Friday to establish a federal strategy to protect old-growth forests, a move the administration says will help curb destructive wildfires and fight climate change. The Earth Day order tasks the Interior and Agriculture departments with creating a federal definition of old-growth and mature forests. […]

Nessel, Consumers Energy reach ‘historic’ deal to end coal use in 3 years

BY: - April 21, 2022

A proposed settlement entered by Attorney General Dana Nessel and Consumers Energy would result in the state’s largest energy provider ending its use of coal 15 earlier than originally planned, Nessel’s office announced Wednesday. The agreement still needs to be granted final approval by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), as it is part of […]

Defend Black Voters Coalition to utilities: Offer ‘accountability for outages’

BY: - April 20, 2022

The Defend Black Voters Coalition on Tuesday launched an effort against the “abuse of our democracy” by utilities DTE and Consumers Energy. The group — which includes social action nonprofits Detroit Action, MOSES Action, Michigan People’s Campaign, Mothering Justice Action Fund, Emergent Justice, Color of Change and Community Change Action — announced its “Taking Back […]

Feds set aside $466M for tribes to combat climate change impacts

BY: - April 15, 2022

A new funding opportunity is now available for tribal communities facing the impacts of climate change, with the U.S. Department of the Interior announcing this week that $466 million is being set aside for tribes who wish to become more climate resilient. Indigenous peoples are often the first to bear the brunt of climate change […]