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Why the Line 5 Oil Pipeline Threatens the Great Lakes

Why the Line 5 Oil Pipeline Threatens the Great Lakes

An aging oil pipeline moves 23 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids per day along the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac, where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron crash into each other in the heart of the Great Lakes. This pipeline—Line 5, built in 1953—is operated by the same company responsible for one […]

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    U.S. Steel Chemical Spill Exceeds Allowable Limit by 584 Times

    U.S. Steel Chemical Spill Exceeds Allowable Limit by 584 Times

    A U.S. Steel plant in Portage, Indiana spilled nearly 300 pounds of a cancer-causing chemical into Burns Waterway last month, documents from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) revealed. The release of hexavalent chromium was 584 times the daily maximum limit allowed under state law, the Times of Northwest Indiana reported, citing the documents. […]

    Enbridge’s Great Lakes Pipeline Has Spilled 1 Million Gallons Since 1968

    Enbridge’s Great Lakes Pipeline Has Spilled 1 Million Gallons Since 1968

    Enbridge Energy Partners‘ aging Line 5 pipeline, which runs through the heart of the Great Lakes, has spilled more than 1 million gallons of oil and natural gas liquids in at least 29 incidents since 1968, according to data from the federal Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration obtained by the National Wildlife Federation. Built in […]

    Trump’s 100 Days of Harm: Enough Is Enough

    Trump’s 100 Days of Harm: Enough Is Enough

    Like any arbitrary benchmark, the 100-day point of a new president’s term normally tells us only so much about what’s to come. In the case of President Trump‘s all-out assault on our environment and health, however, we’ve already seen more than enough. In his first three months on the job, Trump has acted again and […]

    Chemical Spill Closes Four Lake Michigan Beaches

    Chemical Spill Closes Four Lake Michigan Beaches

    A U.S. Steel plant in Portage, Indiana has spilled wastewater containing a potentially cancer-causing chemical into Burns Waterway, a tributary about 100 yards from Lake Michigan. The leak prompted the closure of four beaches and a riverwalk at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and Indiana American Water in Ogden Dunes—the nearest municipal water source—to shut […]

    Trump Proposes Cutting Great Lakes Funding by 97%

    Trump Proposes Cutting Great Lakes Funding by 97%

    By Melinda Pierce New findings revealed Wednesday show which U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) programs will be most affected by the Trump administration’s proposed budget cuts, including a 97 percent budget cut for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. https://twitter.com/robwdavis/status/837375087133122560 expand=1] The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative strategically targets the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem, […]

    Will Lake Erie Be Home to the First Wind Farm in the Great Lakes?

    Will Lake Erie Be Home to the First Wind Farm in the Great Lakes?

    By Susan Cosier The winds whipping across Lake Erie can average up to 16 miles per hour. And about 7 to 10 miles northwest of Cleveland, there’s a pilot project in the works to capture them. The offshore wind farm would be the second in the nation and the first ever in a Great Lake. […]

    22 Million Pounds of Plastic Enters the Great Lakes Each Year

    22 Million Pounds of Plastic Enters the Great Lakes Each Year

    U.S. and Canada together discard 22 million pounds of plastic into the waters of the Great Lakes each year, according to a new Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) study. Most of it washes up along the shores, accounting for 80 percent of the litter found there. Researchers said that Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit are […]