Great Lakes

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Can the Great Lakes Still Be Great Uniters?

These are the most divisive times many of us have ever lived through. The violent right-wing coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol claimed five lives and shook our democracy to … Read more

Bipartisan Defense Bill Begins to Address Toxic PFAS Chemicals

For over fifty years, the U.S. military has used firefighting foam containing high concentrations of dangerous chemicals. The military’s heavy use of aqueous film-forming foam (“AFFF”) has resulted in widespread … Read more

Proposed EPA Ballast Rules Too Weak to Protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species

Year after year, the Great Lakes are being threatened by invasive species — with the silent intruders often getting a free ride in the ballast water of ocean going vessels. … Read more

A Win a Decade in the Making: Governor Whitmer Moves to Shut Down Line 5

Sitting in the open waters the Great Lakes, for over 4 miles, a nearly 70-year-old pipeline, called Line 5, pumps over 540,000 barrels of oil and natural gas liquids per … Read more

Last Chance: Governor Whitmer Must Act to Shut Down Line 5

For the sake of brevity, I will start with my conclusion: Enbridge and Line 5 need to exit stage left and only Governor Whitmer can officially uphold public trust in … Read more

Enbridge’s Safety Violations, Damage to Oil Pipeline Spells Game Over for Line 5

On Friday, June 19th, energy transportation company Enbridge disclosed two massive failures in its pipeline operations. The first is their failure to uphold agreements on pipeline safety, resulting in $6.7 … Read more

Line 5 Deterioration Violates Public Trust & Safety

Governor Whitmer must take immediate action to protect Michigan’s people, wildlife, and waters from yet another major infrastructure failure. This week, Enbridge Energy disclosed that Line 5, their 67-year-old oil … Read more

Michigan Gov. Whitmer Needs to Protect Our Drinking Water and Local Businesses, Not Foreign Oil Companies

As Michigan faces an unprecedented health and economic crisis due to coronavirus pandemic, the Canadian oil giant, Enbridge, is attempting to take advantage of the situation by advancing their demands … Read more

Why States Should Not Wait to Confront Toxic PFAS Chemicals

A family of toxic chemicals called PFAS are posing serious threats to wildlife and communities around the country. PFAS are hard to avoid—they are used in everything from clothing to … Read more

Annual Bald Eagle Survey Celebrates 40 Years

Bald eagles hold a special place in the pantheon of American wildlife. In addition to being a national symbol, they are also one of our greatest conservation success stories. And … Read more