Straits of Mackinac

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: 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.

In Dire Straits: Tar Sands Oil Beneath the Straits of Mackinac

Tags: Canadian Tar Sands, enbridge, oil and gas, Straits of Mackinac, water quality

Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline has funneled oil beneath the Straits since 1953.

Remember Enbridge Energy?

The company whose negligence resulted in the worst inland oil spill in U.S. history also operates a set of pipelines that snake under the surface of Lake Michigan near the Mackinac Bridge.

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