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NWF Photo: Human Oil Spil in Michigan's Capital

Oil Spill at Michigan’s Capital

7/19/2012 // By Beth Wallace

A human oil spill, that is! On July 18th, community members from across Michigan participated in the Lansing, Mich., We are the Kalamazoo Human Oil Spill event to memorialize two years passing since the largest and costliest inland oil spill …

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

The Verdict is Here for Enbridge Energy Tar Sands Oil Spill

7/10/2012 // By Beth Wallace

For the past two years, Enbridge Energy has been allowed to hide from any serious question about the cause of their 1 million-gallon tar sands spill into the Kalamazoo River watershed by simply saying “the investigation is ongoing”. Enbridge was referring …

Near Sugar Island - no longer rapids. Photo/Melinda Koslow

Reclaiming Rapids for the Great Lakes

7/9/2012 // By Celia Haven

There is no one quick, easy answer for wildlife conservation. A huge part of the challenge is balancing actions that are good for humans with those that are good for wildlife. Often, these are the same (clean water, clean air, …

NTSB Photo - Ruptured Enbridge tar sands pipeline, Line 6B

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 …


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,” …


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 …

Kalamazoo River Enbridge Oil Spill

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 …

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 …

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 …

Shane Rucker: Wisconsin Natural Resources

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 …