Great Lakes

Oil Spill at Michigan’s Capital

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 …

Study: Asian carp could live in all five Great Lakes

If Asian carp invade the Great Lakes, the voracious fish could survive and spread throughout all five of the lakes, according to a new study by Canada’s Department of Fisheries and …

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

The Verdict is Here for Enbridge Energy Tar Sands Oil Spill

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 …

Reclaiming Rapids for the Great Lakes

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 …

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

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 …

Is the Great Lakes Region Ready for a Fracking Boom?

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 …

Ohio’s Steelhead and Walleye Left At Risk

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 …

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

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 …

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

The Great Lakes: New Dumping Ground for Tar Sands Oil

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 …

Why We Should Pay Attention to Oil Pipelines

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.

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