Rising waters threaten Great Lakes communities

BY: - October 22, 2020

Along a shoreline that stretches farther than the combined length of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, waters driven by climate change have risen as much as 6 feet in less than a decade, washing away houses, destroying roads and threatening critical infrastructure such as water treatment plants in towns large and small. The ongoing disaster […]

New: Tribal members urge EGLE to deny or delay Line 5 permits after archeological finds

BY: - October 16, 2020

Updated, 12:15 p.m. and 1:05 p.m., 10/16/20 with additional comments A group of tribal water protectors and Michigan environmentalists plan to submit comments to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Sunday, urging the state to consider new archaeological discoveries near the Line 5 pipeline before granting permits to Canadian oil company […]

Some residents slam Line 5 permit allowing 5M gallons of wastewater into Great Lakes daily

BY: - September 30, 2020

State officials at the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) heard its first of two public hearings Tuesday afternoon on a permit request for Enbridge allowing the Canadian oil company to discharge a significant amount of wastewater into Lake Michigan as part of its Line 5 tunnel project. The meeting ran for […]

Geologists condemn Line 5 tunnel plan: ‘Permitting the project at this time would be a mistake’

BY: - September 28, 2020

Updated with Enbridge response, 4:00 p.m., 9/28/20 Longtime geologic experts warned Monday that Canadian oil company Enbridge’s plan to encase a new Line 5 oil pipeline in a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac is dangerously deficient, and moving forward on its construction could result in a tunnel collapse, methane explosion or even loss of […]

Rick Haglund: Tackling climate change is the smart move for local governments, businesses

BY: - September 26, 2020

Brandy Brown faced skepticism about climate change from the day she accepted her job as the head of the Michigan Office of Climate and Energy. “Brandy, that climate change stuff isn’t real,” Brown said a longtime friend told her when she was appointed to lead the office last year. Her friend’s denial of climate change […]

Whitmer: ‘Fighting climate change is good for our health, economy’

BY: - September 23, 2020

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed executive orders to create the MI Healthy Climate Plan and “protect public health and create clean energy jobs by making Michigan carbon-neutral by 2050.”  At the United States Climate Alliance “Leading the Charge” virtual event Wednesday afternoon, the Democrat discussed this new plan and Michigan’s role in combating climate […]

Support sounded for Marathon’s $363K settlement in Detroit, comment period still open

BY: - September 8, 2020

A leading environmental rights organizer and a Detroit school official voiced support last week during an online public hearing for a consent order against a refinery presented by state officials.   The public comment period remains open until Sept. 28. For more information, contact Erin Moran, EGLE enforcement section officer, at [email protected] or 517-284-0900.  As the […]

Beverage companies push changes to Michigan’s ‘bottle bill’ amid pandemic

BY: - August 29, 2020

Michigan’s “bottle bill” has survived for five decades, but the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired beverage industry companies to lobby for changes in who gets the profits from unredeemed deposits. The landmark 1976 law is a product of Republican former Gov. William Milliken and Michigan first lady Helen Milliken, who worked to get the initiative on […]

Proposed U.P. mine faces mounting troubles

BY: - August 24, 2020

A controversial proposed open pit metallic sulfide mine on the Michigan-Wisconsin border has suffered major financial and permitting setbacks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasing public concerns over the safety of tailings dams to store mine waste. The proposed Back Forty Mine would be located next to the Menominee River, which flows into […]

Coast Guard reviewing request to ban anchors in Mackinac Straits after pipeline damage

BY: - July 28, 2020

Updated with comment from Enbridge, 4:31 p.m. 7/28/20 Leaders of nine prominent environmental groups in Michigan are urging the U.S. Coast Guard to consider banning the use of anchors in the Straits of Mackinac, following reports that one of Canadian oil company Enbridge’s own contracted vessels may have caused damage to a support anchor on […]

Marathon Petroleum to pay Detroit school $200K to alleviate air pollution 

BY: - July 27, 2020

Following years of community activism, a major oil and natural gas company has now agreed to shell out more than $280,000 to begin to make things right in a notoriously air-polluted Detroit community. Marathon Petroleum’s tentative agreement with the state will, upon the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s (EGLE) approval after a […]

Michigan’s 1st PFAS drinking water standards clear final hurdle

BY: - July 23, 2020

After nearly a year of rulemaking debate, Michigan’s very first set of PFAS limits for drinking water passed its last obstacle Wednesday as a panel of state lawmakers allowed them to take effect. Those rules, which establish maximum contaminant levels for seven toxic contaminants known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are the strictest and […]