Great Lakes

Great Lakes funding and 3 other big climate items in Congress’ reconciliation bill

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]

Whitmer calls bipartisan federal infrastructure deal a ‘game-changer’ for Michigan 

BY: and - August 11, 2021

The Senate on Tuesday passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that will help to restore the nation’s bridges and roads, expand broadband initiatives, and fund projects to help battle against climate change. Roughly $20 billion of the funding will go to Michigan, with about $8 billion for roads and bridges.   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during […]

Mich. senators tout bipartisan infrastructure bill for big boosts to Great Lakes, roads, broadband

BY: - August 9, 2021

As the Senate gears up to pass a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, Michigan’s senators say it would be a big shot in the arm for Great Lakes restoration efforts, broadband access, roads, bridges, highways and electric vehicle expansion.  The legislation, which the Senate is expected to vote on this week, also comes as the […]


Rick Haglund: Can Michigan grow its ‘blue economy’ while facing fallout from climate change?

BY: - August 2, 2021

A 2015 study exploring Michigan’s “blue economy” forecast a prosperous future in which Michigan’s enormous water resources would serve as the catalyst for thousands of high-paying new jobs as the state becomes the world’s “freshwater innovation capital.” “One hundred years after launching the industrial revolution, we look to a new green-blue revolution consisting of sustainable […]

Indigenous activists protest Line 5 in Michigan on 20,000-mile journey to DC

BY: - July 29, 2021

Tribal citizens on a 20,000-mile, cross-country journey to highlight sacred Indigenous sites and call on President Joe Biden’s administration to protect them made their ninth and final stop in Mackinaw City this week. The activists were met and welcomed Tuesday morning by Native people from numerous tribes across Michigan, including the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe […]

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 […]


Column: How would you like someone to trespass on your property and pocket $2M each day?

BY: - July 8, 2021

Enbridge Energy, the operator of Line 5 pipeline, is willfully thumbing its nose at our governor, state officials, tribes and landowners as it ignores the rights of owners of properties Line 5 crosses. Two examples: Straits of Mackinac and the reservation of the Bad River LaPointe Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians. […]


Dave Dempsey: It’s raining PFAS in the Sleeping Bear Dunes

BY: - July 2, 2021

Every now and then, an environmental news headline jumps out at you as though it was printed in 12-inch lettering on a newspaper front page or website. That personal reaction comes not because the news is a surprise, but because it is a symbol. “It’s Raining ‘Forever Chemicals’ in the Great Lakes,” said one website […]


Dave Dempsey: Stop polluting and neglecting Michigan’s groundwater

BY: - May 11, 2021

Imagine the Great Lakes 20 to 40% lower, thwarting commercial shipping, impairing recreational boating and fishing, leaving beaches and docks high and dry. Imagine 45% of Michigan’s population forced to pump water from lakes or streams many more miles away to supply their drinking water needs, while drawing down those already depleted water bodies. And […]

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 […]

Whitmer fills Line 5 panel vacancy after 8 months

BY: - February 10, 2021

One week after the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) met for the first time in 11 months, having been a two-man panel for nearly eight of those months due to a vacancy, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Wednesday that she has appointed Democrat Paul Novak of Detroit. The MSCA was created as a three-member panel in […]

Oil and water: Resistance, construction intensify on Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline

BY: - February 1, 2021

The camp was quiet when Winona LaDuke stepped outside to share the news: Enbridge didn’t have permission to drill under the frozen Mississippi River. Construction on that piece of the Line 3 oil pipeline would be delayed — at least as long as the frigid weather held. LaDuke had barely finished the sentence when cheers […]