pipeline safety

New Bill Attacks Your Right-to-Know

Tags: clean water, energy, FOIA, pipeline safety, pipelines, right to know, Straits of Mackinac

Corroded section of pipe that caused the Kalamazoo River Oil Spill

Earlier this year, Rep. Kurt Heise (R – Northville) introduced House Bill 4540 to amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

PWIR: Fields Narrow on the Campaign Trail

Tags: 2014 election, chesapeake energy, encana, Governor Snyder, NRTF, pipeline safety, PWIR

Did everyone get outside to shake off the winter, enjoy springtime temperatures and soak up the sunny weather this weekend? Chances are, if you visited a park or took a walk on a trail, you were a beneficiary of Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund (NRTF), which supports outdoor recreation projects from Marquette to Detroit and beyond. Last week, we told you about a proposal in the state legislature to slash NRTF funding by more than half, and now your opportunity to take action is here. Send a letter to your state representative right now. Then, read on for the latest from the campaign trail and more in this week’s Political Week in Review.

PWIR: Oil, Water, and Algae Don't Mix

Tags: algae, chesapeake energy, encana, Great Lakes, pipeline safety, PWIR, Straits of Mackinac, water quality

Until last week, it had been five years since Congress had voted to designate a single acre for protection under the Wilderness Act. But, we are proud to report that Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes was the tipping point that changed the congressional course. Thanks to approval from the US House and Senate, a bill now sits on President Obama’s desk that would officially designate 32,500 acres of the legendary lakeshore as wilderness. The designation preserves public access points, and it prevents any further development down the line. President Obama is expected to sign the bill, and when he does, Sleeping Bear will have the gold standard in land protections and a new tagline: officially wild.

PWIR: Lines in the Water

Tags: belle isle, detroit, enbridge, encana, fracking, Great Michigan, pipeline safety, PWIR, Straits of Mackinac, West Michigan

Newsflash everybody! Before you book your trip to Yosemite, Las Vegas or Hawaii, make sure you hop on over to Grand Rapids first. Last week, The Huffington Post rated West Michigan’s bright, bustling urban core, and the white sandy beaches to the West, as the number one place to visit in 2014. Did you hear that? Number one in America.

PWIR: Reeling In The CarpNado

Tags: asian carp, fracking, Great Lakes, invasive species, oil spill, pipeline safety

Last week’s showing of “Sharknado” struck fear into the hearts of beachgoers across the country, especially those on Twitter (see #SharkNado. Shark-less waters are part of Great Lakes bragging rights, but there’s a similar force Michiganders are up against: the CarpNado. Yes, a true Third Coast nightmare, but nothing we can’t handle with a strong, proactive preparedness plan.

PWIR: This Land is Your Land ... for now

Tags: fracking, land cap, pipeline safety, PWIR

image Werder YoungDyke Michigan LCV Land Cap Legislature

We are one step closer to an arbritrary cap on how much land the state can protect and manage with a key vote on the issue is coming up in the State House. Looking at the bigger picture, what protected state land is left could potentially be opened up to oil and gas development if the recommendations from a new legislative report are taken up.

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