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Breaking News: Enbridge Fined $3.7 Million for 2010 Tar Sands Oil Spill

7/3/2012 // By Beth Wallace

The U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has announced yesterday that it is issuing $3.7 million in civil penalties and 24 enforcement actions against Enbridge Energy for the 2010 tar sands oil spill into the Kalamazoo […] Read more >

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Tar Sands-Oiled Kalamazoo River Open to Public

6/21/2012 // By Beth Wallace

But the public was not welcomed to the press event. Agencies within the Unified Command hosted an invite-only media event to open the oiled Kalamazoo River to the public today. I would love to say that I was shocked by […] Read more >

Great Blue Heron covered in oil from the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan

The Great Lakes: New Dumping Ground for Tar Sands Oil

5/17/2012 // By Beth Wallace

This past week, Enbridge officially announced plans to expand the Lakehead Pipeline system in an effort to pump even more tar sands oil through the Great Lakes. This announcement comes nearly a week after NWF released a report warning that pipeline […] Read more >

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Enbridge Tar Sands Oil Spill Disaster in the Kalamazoo River is Worse than Originally Reported

11/16/2011 // By Beth Wallace

On November 9th, the U.S. EPA updated their webpage to reflect the latest recovery efforts for the Enbridge tar sands oil spill.  It is now being reported that well over 1.1 million gallons of tar sands oil has been recovered from […] Read more >

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Old Pipeline New Risks

10/24/2011 // By Beth Wallace

Those fortunate enough to travel through the Straits of Mackinac have experienced the beauty of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron emerging as one as you pass through the gateway of mountainous sand dunes in the Lower Peninsula to steep cliffs and adventure in the […] Read more >

One Year Later, Michigan Tar Sands Oil Spill - Ceresco Dam

Realities of a Tar Sands Oil Spill, One Year Later

7/21/2011 // By Beth Wallace

Around this time last year, I made an emergency trip home to Battle Creek, Mich., after hearing reports of a major oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. The oil disaster gushed nearly 1 million gallons of tar sands oil into […] Read more >

Kalamazoo River polluted with raw tar sands crude

Great Lakes Lawmakers Push for Dangerous Oil Pipelines, Despite Apparent Pipeline Safety Issues

7/6/2011 // By Beth Wallace

Several Congressional members, and Great Lakes State Legislators, are shamefully showing support for the Keystone XL pipeline before pipeline safety and environmental concerns raised by the EPA, some members of Congress and over 265,000 citizens have been adequately addressed. Oil extraction […] Read more >

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No Tar Sands Pipeline Construction Until True Impacts are Clear

5/19/2011 // By Beth Wallace

Pipelines are out of sight and often are out of mind for many Americans–including Congress and the agencies that regulate the pipelines. Last year I learned this lesson the hard way when parts of my hometown were devastated by a […] Read more >

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Gearing up for Ann Arbor’s 3rd Annual Great American Backyard Campout

5/3/2011 // By Beth Wallace

As a child, spending most summer nights and weekends outside, camping with family and friends, was the thing to do. Our family would often take a weekend trip to Northern Michigan so we could camp along the shores of the […] Read more >

Lake Michigan Sunset

Michigan Oil Spill Victims Voice Concerns and Frustrations

3/9/2011 // By Beth Wallace

If you’re from the Great Lakes region, chances are you’ve dipped your toes in the cold waters of Lake Superior, watched the sun set over Lake Michigan or fished off a pier in Lake Huron. The Great lakes offer so […] Read more >