Enbridge ordered to retrieve 7½-ton anchor from Straits lakebed

BY: - July 23, 2021

A contractor working for Canadian oil company Enbridge left an unsecured 15,000-pound anchor between Line 5’s dual oil pipelines on Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) disclosed Friday. Enbridge says the contractor was conducting seasonal maintenance on Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac Wednesday when the anchor was placed […]

Air Force begins sampling groundwater wells at Oscoda PFAS site

BY: - July 21, 2021

Oscoda residents had a chance to ask questions and hear updates from state officials Tuesday on how the U.S. Air Force’s cleanup of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) is coming along at the decommissioned Wurtsmith Air Force Base. The base was found to have significant PFAS groundwater contamination more than a decade ago. The U.S. […]

At Michigan-Wisconsin border, enviros and tribes fight to keep new mine at bay

BY: - July 17, 2021

For years, Indigenous and environmental groups have been standing up against Calgary-based Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing a rupture could harm the areas’s freshwater and ecosystem. And about 200 miles west across Lake Michigan, in the far reaches of the Upper Peninsula, a similar story is unfolding. On Friday, […]

Army Corps to conduct enviro impact review for Line 5 tunnel, promises tribal input

BY: - June 24, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) said this week it will be conducting a full analysis on the potential environmental impacts of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s proposed Line 5 pipeline tunnel before deciding whether to issue permits for its construction. Jaime A. Pinkham, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works, announced the […]

New analysis warns of ‘garden sludge’ fertilizers containing PFAS

BY: - May 25, 2021

Newly discovered PFAS concentrations in certain fertilizers could mean accumulation of the toxic chemicals in composts and home gardens, unbeknownst to gardeners, according to a new report from the Sierra Club and the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center of Michigan. The environmental groups had two commercial labs in Michigan test common fertilizers for 33 toxic contaminants […]

Equity needed in meeting Michigan’s internet, water and infrastructure needs, experts say

BY: - May 20, 2021

State and national experts on Thursday discussed the need to incorporate equity in current and future infrastructure plans while wrapping up the Michigan Environmental Justice Conference.  The conference, whose theme was “Rebuilding Trust, Reimagining Justice and Removing Barriers,” was held online this week and was hosted by the Office of the Environmental Justice Public Advocate, the […]

Whitmer invokes federal law to hold military site cleanups to highest PFAS standards

BY: - April 1, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that she is invoking a federal law to ensure the U.S. Air Force uses the strictest PFAS standards possible while cleaning up a contaminated air force base in northern Michigan, as well as all other contamination sites in the state caused by military activities. The Air Force began releasing its […]

Tribes worry Line 5 tunnel construction could bring sex trafficking, violence to Native communities

BY: - March 7, 2021

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 3/7/21 When oil and gas companies employ hundreds of out-of-town, typically male workers to work on pipeline projects, an uptick in that area’s rates of sexual violence and sex trafficking usually follows. That’s becoming a concern for Michigan’s Indigenous people, who cite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s impending Line 5 pipeline tunnel project […]

State panel doesn’t have to consider climate change in Line 5 tunnel permit decision, judge rules

BY: - February 23, 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order for Canadian oil company Enbridge to shut down Line 5 by May will not have any bearing on at least one part of Enbridge’s permitting quest to build a replacement pipeline after all, much to the disappointment of many environmentalists. Administrative Law Judge Dennis Mack ruled Tuesday that although the Michigan […]

Out of spotlight, two-member panel spent $475K on consulting contracts last year for Line 5 project

BY: - February 6, 2021

A two-member panel with full, independent authority to oversee the intensive project to replace Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline and keep oil flowing under the Straits of Mackinac has been quiet and out of the news for the past year, as Line 5-related court cases heat up and focus has largely been on the regulatory […]

Enbridge secures 1 of 3 permits needed for Line 5 tunnel, angering enviros

BY: - January 29, 2021

Embattled Canadian oil company Enbridge has now cleared one of three major permitting hurdles in its venture to replace the aging Line 5 pipeline with a new tunnel-encased line under the Straits of Mackinac. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) announced Friday morning that it has decided to grant certain permits […]

Judge: Agency will evaluate Line 5 tunnel plan, but not environmental impacts

BY: - October 26, 2020

Despite Canadian oil company Enbridge’s argument against it, a small Michigan regulatory panel will be one of three entities charged with granting or denying its plans for a $500 million tunnel-encased oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. But in a simultaneous win for Enbridge, Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) administrative law judge Dennis Mack […]