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 […]

DNR asks Enbridge to pledge full financial responsibility for Line 5

BY: - July 17, 2020

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wants to ensure that Canada-based multinational oil company Enbridge will pay up in the event of a catastrophic rupture of the dual Line 5 pipeline. In an emailed letter to Enbridge Inc. Friday, DNR Director Dan Eichinger requests that the company enter into a written financial agreement with […]

Tests show west leg of Line 5 pipeline isn’t damaged

BY: - July 9, 2020

Updated with comment from Oil & Water Don’t Mix, 3:49 p.m., 7/9/20 A court-ordered investigation on one of the dual Line 5 oil pipeline’s underwater segments found no indication of metal loss or deformation on an area of interest, according to court documents obtained by the Advance. Canadian oil company Enbridge had restarted the west […]

Michigan’s dam problem isn’t just in Midland — and it’s part of a larger infrastructure crisis

BY: - June 14, 2020

Michigan has a dam problem, as the Midland disaster has shown. We’re not alone — but the Great Lakes State faces unique challenges in remedying the issue. Across the country, dams are increasingly becoming a relic of America’s infrastructural past. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) estimates that the average age of the country’s […]

Aerial shot of the Sanford dam failure

State launches lawsuit against Midland dam owner, claims company ‘ignored’ regulators for 14 years

BY: - June 9, 2020

The state of Michigan is suing Boyce Hydro, the private owner of the failed Edenville and Sanford Dams that unleashed catastrophic flooding and caused $200 million in damage upon their collapse in May, for “gross mismanagement” and negligence. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the lawsuit Tuesday during a joint webinar with the directors of the […]

U.S. Reps. demand answers about fed, state roles in dam failure

BY: - June 2, 2020

U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn), Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph) and Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) have sent letters to both agencies involved in overseeing the now-collapsed Edenville Dam, seeking answers about what happened in the lead-up to the catastrophic May 19 flooding event in Midland and surrounding counties. Dingell and Upton announced in a joint press release […]

Gov. directs state environmental dept. to probe Midland dam failures, review statewide safety

BY: - May 27, 2020

A week out from the rainy Tuesday night in mid-Michigan that saw the collapse of at least two dams, widespread flooding and evacuations, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced that an investigation will be done to determine what caused the failures. In a letter to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Wednesday, […]

How many Michiganders are still without clean water during COVID-19? Not even the state knows.

BY: - May 22, 2020

Updated, 12:23 p.m. 5/22/20 Even when we’re not living through a pandemic, access to clean water can mean the difference between life and death for some of the most vulnerable populations. During the COVID-19 crisis, that access becomes even more vital. With that in mind, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on March 28 ordered public water utilities […]

New: Enbridge’s Line 5 tunnel application hits snag with state

BY: - May 5, 2020

An Enbridge Energy permit application to build a utility tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac has been halted — for now — because a state agency says it’s incomplete. The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is requiring informative documents on the proposed Line 5 tunnel project to be made easily accessible to […]