Environment

Snyder’s Enbridge panel OKs plan to keep Line 5 flowing

BY: - December 19, 2018

Canadian energy company Enbridge won state approval Wednesday to replace an oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac after a new panel charged with overseeing the plan gave its blessing. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources made the announcement just hours after the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority’s (MSCA) inaugural meeting was held Wednesday afternoon […]

Feds give Flint $2.2M to strip lead paint

BY: - December 19, 2018

Flint was awarded a federal grant for $2.2 million to find and remove lead-based paint from homes across the city, U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Flint) announced Wednesday. The money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after Kildee had previously asked the department for the lead-removal funding, according to the congressman’s office. […]

New Enbridge tunnel process off to rocky start

BY: - December 18, 2018

Today is the last day for the public to submit written comments on a new tunnel housing Enbridge’s Line 5 under the bedrock of the Straits of Mackinac. That’s less than a week after Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation that would shore up the pipeline opposed by environmental groups. You can read the proposed agreement […]

Some Lame Duck bills now likely dead after missing key deadline

BY: - December 17, 2018

The Michigan Legislature is on track to make the 2018 Lame Duck period the busiest in the body’s history, taking up legislation on issues ranging from changes to the new redistricting commission called for in Proposal 2 to deer sterilization permits. But several bills introduced in the Michigan House and Senate are now considered dead. […]

GOP bill could shore up state parks funding

BY: - December 17, 2018

Buried in the cavalcade of the GOP-controlled Legislature’s Lame Duck activity is a bill that could be a boon to funding for Michigan’s state parks. Senate Bill 1258, sponsored by term-limited state Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-Hart), makes a simple change in how the state’s Recreation Passport operates. The bill passed the Michigan Senate 29-8 last […]

Michigan’s manic Lame Duck session continues to mesmerize national media

BY: - December 15, 2018

Michigan’s frenetic end-of-the-year legislative session before Democrats assume all top statewide offices continues to command the attention of national outlets. Reporters from national outfits like CNN attended the exit interview last week of GOP Gov. Rick Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, eager to see if the term-limited governor would show his hand on signing […]

Public comment on Enbridge pipeline plan cuts off before Lame Duck ends — on Tuesday

BY: - December 14, 2018

If you want to weigh in on the new section of pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, you don’t have much time. The public has until Tuesday, Dec. 18 to register comments or concerns about the plan just signed into law by GOP Gov. Rick Snyder that encases Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in a tunnel […]

Whitmer talks roads, Asian carp with Trump at White House meeting

BY: - December 14, 2018

At the White House today, Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer naturally took the opportunity to talk with President Trump about “fixing the damn roads,” but she also said she raised the issue of Asian carp. “That was an interesting conversation because I don’t think President Trump had really had the chance to think, or learn much about […]

Snyder makes good on promise to sign Great Lakes pipeline legislation

BY: - December 12, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday vowed he would sign legislation that will keep Enbridge’s petroleum operation under the Straits of Mackinac up and running. And today, he made good on that promise. The Republican governor announced via press release this morning that he had signed Senate Bill 1197 sponsored by state Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba). The bill […]

Snyder says he’ll sign Line 5 bill, but stays mum on other Lame Duck action

BY: - December 12, 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder said today that he plans to sign Enbridge Line 5 legislation, but will not necessarily go along with all GOP-sponsored Lame Duck bills. Snyder and Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who unsuccessfully ran in the GOP primary this year to succeed him, met this afternoon with about three dozen reporters, including some from […]

Legislature again tries to bar Michigan regulations from exceeding federal standards

BY: - December 11, 2018

A bill prohibiting state regulations from being more stringent than those in federal law is now on the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder, who vetoed similar legislation during his first year in office. House Bill 4205, sponsored by Rep. Triston Cole (R-Mancelona), amends state rules to mandate that heads of agencies must not adopt any regulations […]

Updated: Enbridge tunnel bill awaits Gov. Snyder’s signature

BY: - December 11, 2018

Updated: 2:08 p.m. Both houses of the Legislature today wasted no time acting on legislation that could ensure that oil and natural gas continue running through the Straits of Mackinac. The bill is now on Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. This has been one of term-limited governor’s top priorities in his last few weeks in office […]