U.S. House panel investigating DTE, other utilities, for industry group ties

BY: - April 11, 2019

Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. is one of eight utility companies under investigation by the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, according to a statement on Thursday by the committee. The committee, which is chaired by U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), is investigating the involvement of DTE and other utilities around the country with […]

Ex-oil lobbyist confirmed as Trump’s Interior secretary, Peters, Stabenow vote no

BY: - April 11, 2019

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist and former President George W. Bush administration official, to become the next U.S. Interior secretary. The nomination was approved by a vote of 56-41, largely along party lines, with Michigan’s two Democratic U.S. senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, voting against […]

Michigan officials sound off on Trump pipeline orders, legal action possible

BY: - April 11, 2019

Michigan political leaders are expressing anger over a pair of executive orders signed Wednesday by President Donald Trump which aim to ease regulations for oil and gas pipeline construction and handcuff state officials from intervening. It’s unclear whether a contested plan to bury the Line 5 oil pipeline — which runs underneath the Straits of […]

New enviro report underscores loose factory farm regulation

BY: - April 11, 2019

More than a hundred farms in Southeast Michigan may be contributing to Lake Erie pollution, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group (EWG) and Environmental Law & Policy Center. Fertilizer in farm runoff is a common pollutant and contributed to a toxic algae bloom that forced Toledo, Ohio, officials to […]

Gov. Whitmer signing an environmental order

Whitmer names environmental rules panel appointee

BY: - April 5, 2019

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has replaced former Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) director James Clift on an environmental rules panel that was once a major sticking point for Republicans who fought to preserve it. The governor announced in a press release Friday that Natural Resources Defense Council attorney Jeremy Orr will replace Clift on the panel, pending […]

Michigan DEQ contractors

Michigan sets 2020 deadline to establish limit for toxic chemicals in water

BY: - April 4, 2019

The state has set an April 2020 deadline to implement rules limiting the amount of toxic chemicals acceptable in the water supply, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) announced on Thursday. Michigan’s task force on PFAS — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, commonly found in industrial waste, cosmetics and other consumer goods — also formally approved […]

Gov. Whitmer signing an environmental measure

Whitmer doesn’t rule out Enbridge tunnel plan

BY: - April 4, 2019

Speaking with reporters this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer did not rule out ultimately supporting a plan from Canadian oil titan Enbridge to build a new buried pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer, along with Attorney General Dana Nessel, took action last week to stop construction plans for a planned new pipeline 100 feet beneath […]

Democrats: Chatfield’s remarks on Whitmer, Nessel show he’s ‘intimidated by powerful women’

BY: - April 4, 2019

Updated 4:44 p.m. Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes on Wednesday accused state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) of being “intimidated by powerful women” in making “sexist remarks” about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel’s handling of the Line 5 tunnel issue. “If [Chatfield] wants to use science as the excuse for his […]

Demonstrators in Flint, MI in 2016

Judge allows Flint water class-action lawsuit to proceed, adds Snyder back as defendant

BY: - April 1, 2019

A federal judge issued a court order Monday allowing a class-action lawsuit over the Flint water crisis to proceed and reinstated former Gov. Rick Snyder as a defendant. U.S. District Court Judge Judith Levy said in Carthan v. Snyder that new evidence shows Snyder was aware of the health risks associated with drinking Flint River […]

Chatfield and Shirkey

Court battle looms after Whitmer, Nessel stall Enbridge pipeline

BY: - April 1, 2019

Top state officials may end up in court over their efforts to halt Canadian energy company’s plans to build a new buried pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac, according to Republican leaders in the Legislature. In an interview Monday morning, state House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) called a recent opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel […]

Ojeda is looking for ‘Real Democrats’ in Michigan — and across the country

BY: - March 29, 2019

Richard Ojeda is angry. Actually, he’s “pissed off,” and he thinks you should be, too. The retired Army major and former West Virginia state senator — as well as, for a fleeting moment, Democratic presidential candidate — is in Grand Rapids this week to headline the Democratic counter-programming to President Donald Trump’s rally Thursday. And […]

Trump in Grand Rapids

Trump promises $300M for Great Lakes, otherwise mostly rambles

BY: - March 28, 2019

President Donald Trump, his son, Donald Trump Jr., and prominent Michigan Republicans took a victory lap on Thursday after what they view as a “pretty good week.” In a rambling, 80-minute speech before a capacity crowd of more than 10,000 at the Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids, the president voiced his satisfaction about […]