Department of Natural Resources

Another delay: Line 5 mediation is likely to wrap by late September

BY: - August 19, 2021

Mediation between the state of Michigan and Canadian oil company Enbridge has been pushed back one month due to a cancelation, meaning that a federal judge may not make a decision on which court will preside over Michigan’s lawsuit to shut down the Line 5 oil pipeline until late September or early October at the […]

State pushes back against Enbridge’s request to pause Line 5 suit during Canada treaty talks

BY: - July 22, 2021

Updated, 8:58 a.m., 7/23/21, with comment from Enbridge In a court filing Friday, Attorney General Dana Nessel shot back against Canadian oil company Enbridge’s “legally unfounded suggestion” that State of Michigan v Enbridge should be put on pause while Canadian and U.S. officials discuss the possibility of a Line 5 closure. Arguing on behalf of […]

Whitmer unveils $150M investment in local parks, trails

BY: - July 6, 2021

Speaking from Ottawa County’s Idema Explorers Trail on Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her plan to invest $150 million in local community parks and recreation facilities across Michigan. The plan would use federal funds from the American Rescue Plan signed by President Joe Biden’s, and is a follow-up to Whitmer’s recently proposed investment of $250 […]

Flush with federal cash, states invest in their crowded parks

BY: - June 29, 2021

For years, Michigan officials have fretted about the ever-growing list of overdue maintenance needs at their 103 state parks: roads and trails, water and sewer systems, restrooms and electrical infrastructure. All are in dire need of replacement or repair — with a price tag that exceeds a quarter-billion dollars. “A lot of these parks are […]

Whitmer announces ‘historic’ $250M state parks investment

BY: - June 10, 2021

Speaking from the Straits State Park in St. Ignace on Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her plan to put $250 million in federal COVID-19 relief dollars toward “critical investments” in Michigan’s state parks and trails to increase recreation and tourism. During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, state parks and recreation areas saw a 30% […]

Whitmer signs bipartisan bill to invest $37.8M in outdoor recreation projects

BY: - May 7, 2021

On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed off on legislation to appropriate $37.8 million in grants that will support 76 recreation projects and land purchases throughout the state as part of a long-established natural resources funding program. The projects were recommended by the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. The bipartisan bill, HB 4469, […]

A bipartisan push could change state wildlife protection

BY: - March 5, 2021

Scientists say the world is on the precipice of a mass extinction. The United Nations estimates that 1 million species are on the verge of being wiped out, threatened by climate change, habitat loss, pollution, invasive species and poaching. In the United States, the federal government has oversight of the more than 1,600 species listed […]

Enbridge to Whitmer: We will not shut down Line 5

BY: - January 12, 2021

An Enbridge executive’s letter sent to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Tuesday morning made it clear that the Canadian oil company has no intention of shutting down its controversial Line 5 pipeline by May, setting up what is likely to be an ugly legal battle between the Canadian oil […]

Nessel ‘very confident’ Michigan will prevail in fight to shut down Enbridge Line 5

BY: - December 22, 2020

Attorney General Dana Nessel fully expects a favorable outcome from the state’s lawsuit against Canadian oil company Enbridge, she told reporters in a year-end roundtable on Tuesday, which she is ‘optimistic’ will mean that the controversial Line 5 pipeline under the Mackinac Straits will be decommissioned by late spring. Nessel also announced plans to pursue […]

Michigan has seen more hunters this year, but COVID-19 brought changes

BY: - December 13, 2020

When COVID-19 cases first appeared in Michigan in March, Beaver Lake Hunt Club General Manager Todd Reilly immediately thought of the upcoming firearm deer hunting season — the 15-day period in November when hunters typically pack the Northeast Michigan club’s 100-year-old lodge to share meals, drink beer and play cards with longtime and newfound friends. […]

Enbridge files federal challenge to Whitmer’s Line 5 shutdown order

BY: - November 24, 2020

Canadian oil company Enbridge has filed a federal complaint to prevent the state of Michigan from shutting down the Line 5 dual pipeline, according to a news release from the company Tuesday evening. The filing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan seeks an injunction to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s actions earlier […]

New: Whitmer announces Line 5 shutdown after 15-month review

BY: - November 13, 2020

This is a breaking story that will be updated. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is taking action to shut down the Line 5 dual pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac following a more than yearlong review process.  The state found that Enbridge — a Canadian oil company that owns Line 5 and also is a partial owner […]