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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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Thoughts on A New Normal

6/28/2012 // By Melinda Koslow

I attended the Aspen Environmental Forum this past weekend, bringing together a mixture of scientists, policy makers and business leaders who all care deeply about the environment. This year the Forum tackled the idea of “Living With the New Normal,” […] Read more >

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Is the Great Lakes Region Ready for a Fracking Boom?

6/21/2012 // By Guest Author

This is a guest post by Sara Gosman, a water resources attorney for National Wildlife Federation. In the past few years, the Great Lakes region has seen a surge of interest in natural gas development using hydraulic fracturing. This controversial […] 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 >

Asian Carp Swimming Closer to Great Lakes

6/19/2012 // By Marc Smith

I just found out that new evidence of Asian carp has been discovered near Lake Michigan. The new test results came back positive for silver carp seventeen times in one day. That’s right: seventeen times! This could be the largest number of […] Read more >

Ohio’s Steelhead and Walleye Left At Risk

6/4/2012 // By Marc Smith

Today, Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed a bill (press release) that fails to protect Lake Erie’s rivers and impairs our rights as hunters and anglers and the public’s use of waters within the Ohio Lake Erie Basin. (Marc Smith Testimony […] Read more >

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Hardrock Mining–Baggage in Hand–Arrives in the Great Lakes

5/29/2012 // By Tony Turrini

Fueled by high metals prices, the nation’s hardrock mining boom has swept into the Great Lakes.  In a region with almost no history of hardrock or “sulfide” mining, there is now extensive exploration, a score of proposed developments, and one […] Read more >

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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 >

Weekly News Roundup – May 11, 2012

5/11/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: Great Lakes Remain Vulnerable to New Wave of Dangerous Mining, According to New Report May 10 – Gaps, inconsistencies […] Read more >

Why We Should Pay Attention to Oil Pipelines

4/30/2012 // By Guest Author

On July 25th, 2010, the Great Lakes region experienced one of the largest oil spills in Midwest history—and it was from a pipeline buried underneath the ground. Almost two years after the spill, the pressing question is whether laws governing oil pipelines protect the Great Lakes Basin and its communities from more spills. Read more >