Four Great Lakes governors on Tuesday urged President Joe Biden to prioritize federal investments in water infrastructure.
In a letter sent to Biden, the governors lauded the American Rescue Plan Act’s $360 billion in direct aid to state and local governments that can be spent on water and sewer infrastructure.
“As your administration continues to develop and pursue its policy agenda, we respectfully encourage you to continue your emphasis on modernizing America’s water infrastructure,” readsthe letter. Read More
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took legal action Friday to shut down a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.
Whitmer’s office notified Canadian company Enbridge Inc. that it was revoking an easement granted 67 years ago to extend a roughly 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) section of the pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac. The revocation takes effect in 180 days, when the flow of oil must stop. Read More
Despite deep budget cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency at large, the budget plan for 2021 proposed by President Trump grants full funding to protection programs for the Great Lakes. Read More
The Great Lakes region is facing threats because of pollution from toxic chemicals found in common household items, according to a National Wildlife Federation report. Read More
The Michigan Court of Claims ruled in favor of Enbridge Energy on Thursday, effectively reinstating a controversial deal the company had with former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. Read More
U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called for the shutdown of Line 5 in Michigan in a tweet on Thursday afternoon, simultaneously citing the climate crisis and supporting the Green New Deal. Read More
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel caught criticism Wednesday after submitting a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service questioning its proposal to remove the gray wolf from the endangered and threatened wildlife list. Read More