The Environment ReportAuthor: Michigan Radio
23 Jul 2021

The Environment Report

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The Environment Report, hosted by Lester Graham and other Michigan Radio reporters, explores the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people in Michigan.

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    "Water is life" is the theme of Day 1 of protests to shut down Enbridge Line 5

    On Thursday, environmental groups and Native Americans plan to present Enbridge Energy with symbolic eviction notices. They want Enbridge to abide by Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order to shut down Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. In November 2020, Governor Whitmer revoked the easement for Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 twin pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac, and gave the company 180 days to shut down that section of the pipelines, which carry light crude oil and natural gas liquids. That deadline was Wednesday at midnight, and Enbridge says it has no intention of shutting the line down. On Tuesday, Governor Whitmer pledged to try and seize any profits the company makes from the pipeline after that deadline, claiming trespass on state property. In the background, the question of whether Whitmer’s November revocation notice was legal is playing out in the courts. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel sued in circuit court to enforce the order, and Enbridge counter-sued in federal

  • Posted on 13 May 2021

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    On eve of Line 5 shutdown deadline, Enbridge vows to defy Michigan order

    Enbridge Energy technically has one more day to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, but even the pipeline’s most vocal opponents acknowledge slim odds that the oil actually stops flowing right away.

  • Posted on 11 May 2021

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    Plastic debris is getting into the Great Lakes, our drinking water, and our food

    There’s been a lot of news about the amount of plastic debris in the oceans. But plastic pollution is also affecting the Great Lakes. A study out of the Rochester Institute of Technology estimates 22 million pounds of plastic debris enters the Great Lakes from the U.S. and Canada each year.

  • Posted on 06 May 2021

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    Scientists concerned about the bottom of the food web in the Great Lakes

    Right now, scientists are on a ship taking samples and measurements of the Great Lakes. They’re trying to determine how the lakes will fare this year and watching for trends. One trend, the warming climate, could mean changes for the base of the food web in the lakes. But, the researchers are not yet sure what those changes might be.

  • Posted on 14 Apr 2021

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    Is the Line 5 tunnel a bridge to Michigan's energy future or a bad deal?

    As Canadian officials lobbied a Michigan Senate committee in March to keep the Line 5 pipeline open, Sen. Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) grew frustrated with a conversation that, up to that point, had focused mainly on the immediate economic and safety implications of a possible shutdown.

  • Posted on 01 Apr 2021

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