Great Lakes

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.

The Current Battle For Lake Erie

The Battle of Lake Erie was a pivotal naval engagement between British and American forces during the War of 1812.  The American victory paved the way for control of the …

Great Lakes Ice: Missing in Action

After the fourth warmest winter on record, the extent of ice covering the Great Lakes is at a near record low. The extremely low levels are consistent with a study …

Happy Birthday to Ranger Rick from One Colleague to Another

I asked my mother what she remembers about getting Ranger Rick magazine for her four daughters: “Ranger Rick had good pictures, activities, stories, all the things you liked.” She also …

New Bill Introduced to Fight Asian Carp in Minnesota

With all the attention Asian carp have gotten as they approach Lake Michigan through the Chicago canals, the other pathways to the Great Lakes have often been ignored.  However, the …

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