pipeline http://michiganradio.org en Eco-protesters get probation in Enbridge pipeline protest http://michiganradio.org/post/eco-protesters-get-probation-enbridge-pipeline-protest <p>A judge has sentenced a trio of environmental activists to probation for their role in an oil pipeline protest near Stockbridge last July.</p><p></p><p>The protesters attached themselves to heavy equipment at the Enbridge pipeline work site.&nbsp; They were convicted of trespassing and obstruction in January.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The protesters could have faced up to two years in prison.</p><p></p><p>Protester Vicci Hamlin says she remains committed to the fight against Canadian tar sands oil.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:02:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 16734 at http://michiganradio.org Eco-protesters get probation in Enbridge pipeline protest How emergency responders in Michigan are preparing for the next pipeline break http://michiganradio.org/post/how-emergency-responders-michigan-are-preparing-next-pipeline-break <p>There are close to 70,000 miles of underground pipelines in Michigan carrying all kinds of materials around the state – things like natural gas, refined petroleum, and crude oil.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And for the most part, we really don’t notice these pipelines. That was true in Michigan until one summer day three and half years ago when this happened:</span></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILwEFZoxd9Q</p><p>The Kalamazoo River oil spill was the worst inland oil spill in North America.</p><p>It took Enbridge Energy 17 hours to realize they had a broken pipeline.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:54:51 +0000 Mark Brush 16326 at http://michiganradio.org How emergency responders in Michigan are preparing for the next pipeline break Environmentalists convicted on trespassing and obstruction charges stemming from pipeline protest http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-convicted-trespassing-and-obstruction-charges-stemming-pipeline-protest <p>An Ingham County jury today convicted a trio of environmentalists on charges related to <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2013/07/four_protesters_arrested_at_en.html">a 2013 protest.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>Last July, the protesters attached themselves to equipment at an Enbridge oil pipeline construction site near Stockbridge.&nbsp; The protesters are opposed to the shipment of Canadian tar sands oil through Michigan.</p><p>They were charged with trespassing and obstruction after staying put after officers told them to leave.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16262 at http://michiganradio.org Environmentalists convicted on trespassing and obstruction charges stemming from pipeline protest After “uncommon” incident, regulators keeping a close eye on Enbridge Energy pipeline installation http://michiganradio.org/post/after-uncommon-incident-regulators-keeping-close-eye-enbridge-energy-pipeline-installation <p>Federal regulators are overseeing the installation of an oil pipeline after an accident last week near Ceresco.</p><p>It’s hard for Dave Gallagher not to watch the work. The pipeline is going in <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/will-enbridge-energys-new-pipeline-michigan-be-safer">just 12 feet behind his house</a>.</p><p>“Yeah they’re really scrutinizing that pipe now. There’s like 10 people down there,” Gallagher said, watching from his back porch Wednesday afternoon.</p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 04:21:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16048 at http://michiganradio.org After “uncommon” incident, regulators keeping a close eye on Enbridge Energy pipeline installation Will Enbridge Energy's new pipeline in Michigan be safer? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-enbridge-energys-new-pipeline-michigan-be-safer <p>A new oil pipeline is going underground in Michigan.</p><p>Enbridge Energy says this new pipeline will be bigger (36 inches vs. 30 inches) - it will pump more oil to the Marathon refinery in Detroit - and they say the pipeline will be safer. (The map in the slideshow above shows where the new line is going in.)</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:52:38 +0000 Mark Brush 14152 at http://michiganradio.org Will Enbridge Energy's new pipeline in Michigan be safer? In this morning's news: Dissolving school districts, pipeline protests, and Detroit pension cuts http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-dissolving-school-districts-pipeline-protests-and-detroit-pension-cuts <p><strong>Buena Vista and Inkster school districts</strong> <strong>to be dissolved</strong></p><p>The state is moving ahead to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-inkster-school-districts-be-dissolved">dissolve the Inkster and Buena Vista school districts</a>. Both districts failed to meet a deadline yesterday to prove they could keep their doors open next school year. Now state officials say it could be a matter of days before the districts are dissolved, Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Protesters arrested at pipeline worksite</strong></p><p>Enbridge energy is building a 285 mile pipeline across Michigan that will carry tar sands oil. The pipeline will replace the one that ruptured three years ago. Yesterday, protesters chained themselves to heavy equipment at a worksite southeast of Lansing. They say the new pipeline will present an environmental threat. Twelve people were arrested at a protest yesterday, Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody reports.</p><p><strong>Will Detroit retirees see pension cuts?</strong></p><p>A federal bankruptcy court will now be the scene for some huge decisions about the future of Detroit which filed for Chapter Nine protection last week. One of the key issues is whether retirees will see their benefits cut. Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett has <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/detroit-retirees-wonder-how-bankruptcy-will-affect-benefits">more</a>.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:27:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13641 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Dissolving school districts, pipeline protests, and Detroit pension cuts Enbridge Energy could face fines after incident with pipeline that's under construction http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-energy-could-face-fines-after-incident-pipeline-thats-under-construction <p>Enbridge Energy has until July 31<sup>st</sup> to submit a plan to resolve problems with its new oil pipeline. The line will span much of lower Michigan once completed. It’ll replace the one that burst in 2010, causing the oil spill in the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality<a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201307/Violation_Notice_213061_v1.doc"> cited a dozen violations</a> of the conditions of a water discharge permit.</p><p>MDEQ investigated the site in Livingston County’s Tyrone Township after a video surfaced online of reddish colored hydrostatic test water spewing into North Ore Creek.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XKoYuTQi7o</p><p>MDEQ found Enbridge didn’t have someone on site overseeing the tests on the pipeline. Water sampling and testing wasn’t done as required. There was too much oil and grease discharged, among other issues. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 21:42:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13375 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Road repair plan, Flint dumps DWSD, insurance for addicts http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-road-repair-plan-flint-dumps-dwsd-insurance-addicts <p><strong>House committee works on road repair plan</strong></p><p>A state House committee is working on a $1.6 billion plan to pay for repair and maintenance on Michigan's roads.</p><p>"The plan would result in higher fuel taxes and driver fees. But it would also eliminate the six percent Michigan sales tax on fuel purchases," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>Flint dumps contract with DWSD</strong></p><p>"The city of Flint is dumping its contract with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. Flint emergency manager Ed Kurtz signed a contract yesterday to get the city’s water from a new pipeline that’s being built from Lake Huron to Genesee County...A spokesman says the Detroit water department will have to look at its options&nbsp; to try and recoup investments made to Flint’s water system," reports Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody.</p><p><strong>Michigan addicts become eligible for insurance</strong></p><p>Nearly 88,000 drug and alcohol addicts in Michigan will become eligible for insurance starting in 2014.</p><p>"Michigan health officials say the state's substance abuse care system will be able to handle the surge of people who will become eligible for alcohol and drug addiction treatment under the federal Affordable Health Care Act," the Associated Press reports.</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:16:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12172 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Road repair plan, Flint dumps DWSD, insurance for addicts Flint is giving its poorer residents a break on their water bills http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-giving-its-poorer-residents-break-their-water-bills <p>The city of Flint is reducing the water bills for its poorest residents.</p><p></p><p>Beginning July 1<sup>st</sup>, city homeowners who already qualify for Flint’s poverty exemption for property taxes will get a $53 break on their monthly water bills.&nbsp; According to the city of Flint:</p> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 19:04:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12130 at http://michiganradio.org Flint is giving its poorer residents a break on their water bills Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-delay-decision-water-pipeline-project-again <p>The Flint city council has delayed a decision on whether to take part in a quarter billion dollar project to tap water from Lake Huron for the city’s drinking water. The panel delayed taking action on the proposal last week as well.</p><p></p><p>The project has been in development for years. But supporters say they will soon have to start work on the project. They want Flint leaders to decide now if the city is going to be part of the project.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:04:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 11752 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again Enbridge takes Michigan landowners to court http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-takes-michigan-landowners-court <p>Enbridge Energy is replacing one of its pipelines that runs through lower Michigan.&nbsp; They’re replacing Line 6B. It’s the <a href="http://environmentreport.org/enbridge_oil_spill.php">same pipeline that broke</a> in Marshall two years ago.&nbsp; The new pipeline will allow Enbridge to <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=652">double the amount of oil</a> they can transport to refineries in Detroit, Toledo and Sarnia, Ontario.</p><p>To build the pipeline, the company says it needs additional easement next to the current 60 foot easement that runs through many people’s backyards.&nbsp;</p><p>Enbridge says many people who own land along the pipeline route have signed contracts with the company.&nbsp; But Enbridge is taking people who refuse to sign contracts to court.</p><p>In a courthouse in Howell yesterday, a judge heard arguments against more than a dozen landowners. (Some of the cases were settled yesterday afternoon, involving the Munsell farming family. The settlement requires Enbridge to stay within the existing 60 foot easement on the Munsell's property, but does allow Enbridge to temporarily use additional land as workspace for the new pipeline.)</p><p>Connie Watson and her husband Tom are among the defendants.&nbsp;</p><p>"Enbridge has taken us to condemnation. Eminent domain is another word for it.&nbsp; And because we wouldn’t sign their contract as it was, they brought us to court to take the land."</p><p>The Watsons say they’re frustrated with Enbridge because of experiences they’ve had with the company in the past.</p><p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 14:45:42 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9226 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge takes Michigan landowners to court Enbridge pays $3.7 million fine to feds for 2010 Michigan oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-pays-37-million-fine-feds-2010-michigan-oil-spill <p>The U.S. Department of Transportation has closed its pollution case against the owner of a pipeline that ruptured in 2010, spewing oil into the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Federal regulators say Enbridge paid a $3.7 million fine to the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) last month.</p><p>The company is responsible for <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/enbridge">the largest inland, freshwater oil spill in U.S. history</a>.</p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 16:59:38 +0000 Mark Brush 9028 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge pays $3.7 million fine to feds for 2010 Michigan oil spill In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-62 <p><strong>Ballot hearings today</strong></p><p>The state Supreme Court will hold a hearing Thursday on whether four proposals should appear on the statewide November ballot. The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on whether the proposals' wording met the requirements in the state constitution. "The proposals would guarantee collective bargaining rights in the state constitution, allow more casinos in Michigan, require super-majorities before the Legislature can increase taxes, and demand voter approval before the state could build a new international bridge to Canada. Some of the campaigns – the ones blocked from the ballot – want to see some changes in how elections decisions are made. They say a state elections board should not make determinations on whether proposals meet the requirements of the Michigan Constitution -- that’s up to the courts," Rick Pluta reports</p><p><strong>Drought and heat makes Michigan a natural disaster area</strong></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared the entire state of Michigan a natural disaster area because of the continuing drought and heat. Governor Rick Snyder says the declaration will help state farmers get more federal aid in dealing with crop or livestock losses.</p><p><strong>Closure of pipeline would increase heating bills </strong></p><p>Michigan residents might see an increase in their heating bills if a Texas company shuts down a natural gas pipeline. "Trunkline Gas Company is asking regulators for permission to abandon some 770 miles of natural gas pipeline. Consumers Energy spokesman Dan Bishop says the utility gets 60% of its natural gas supply from Trunkline. Governor Snyder, The Michigan Public Service Commission and a coalition of businesses are also asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to deny Trunkline's request," Rina Miller reports. The pipeline runs from the Gulf of Mexico to White Pigeon, just north of the Indiana line in southwestern Michigan. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:01:53 +0000 Emily Fox 8882 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Michigan gets federal grant to prevent damage to underground pipes, power lines http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-federal-grant-prevent-damage-underground-pipes-power-lines <p>Michigan will get $90,000 from the US Department of Transportation to help prevent damage to underground pipelines. The federal agency announced the grant today. It's granting $1.5 million total to 22 states. The money will support advertising efforts for <a href="http://www.missdig.net/">MISS DIG.</a></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=5zQj5Ak44yI</p><p>"The number one cause of pipeline damage is people excavating on their own property without knowing what’s underground," said Judy Palnau, a Michigan Public Service Commission spokeswoman. The MPSC applied for the grant. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:08:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8838 at http://michiganradio.org Critical NTSB report will likely not affect state review of new Enbridge pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/critical-ntsb-report-will-likely-not-affect-state-review-new-enbridge-pipeline-michigan <p>Federal regulators this week blasted Enbridge Energy for its handling of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;But the highly critical federal report is unlikely to affect a state review of Enbridge&rsquo;s plans for a new oil pipeline through Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; Wed, 11 Jul 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8210 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge employees compared to 'Keystone Cops' in 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-employees-compared-keystone-cops-2010-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill <p>The <a href="http://www.capitolconnection.net/capcon/ntsb/live/ntsblive_flv.htm">National Transportation Safety Board</a> is not pulling its punches against Enbridge Energy in a highly critical report of the company&rsquo;s handling of the July, 2010 oil spill near Marshall. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:06:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 8203 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge employees compared to 'Keystone Cops' in 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill Enbridge Energy holds open house on oil pipeline plans http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-energy-holds-open-house-oil-pipeline-plans <p>Last night, dozens of people in Marshall had a chance to look at plans for a new oil pipeline that would run through their mid-Michigan community.</p><p>The new pipeline would replace an older one that ruptured two years ago, resulting in a massive oil spill.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:56:36 +0000 Steve Carmody 8028 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge Energy holds open house on oil pipeline plans Enbridge will outline plans for new oil pipeline tonight in Marshall http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-will-outline-plans-new-oil-pipeline-tonight-marshall <p>Enbridge Energy officials will to meet tonight with people in Marshall to lay out their plans for a new oil pipeline.</p><p>Two years ago, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured near Marshall, leaking more than 800 thousand gallons of crude oil. &nbsp;&nbsp;Only last week, state and federal officials announced the reopening of most of the Kalamazoo River, which has been closed to the public so crews could clean up the oil spill. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 05:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 7995 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge will outline plans for new oil pipeline tonight in Marshall Enbridge officials meet this week with Michigan regulators on proposed oil pipeline http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-officials-meet-week-michigan-regulators-proposed-oil-pipeline <p><a href="http://www.enbridge.com/">Enbridge Energy</a> will take its <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/MediaCentre/News.aspx?yearTab=en2012&amp;id=1615198">plans for a new oil pipeline </a>across the state of Michigan to state regulators this week.</p><p>The new pipeline will replace the one that ruptured in 2010, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude oil into the Kalamazoo River.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 19:49:22 +0000 Steve Carmody 7762 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge officials meet this week with Michigan regulators on proposed oil pipeline Enbridge wants to replace 200 miles of aging pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-wants-replace-200-miles-aging-pipeline-michigan <p>Enbridge Inc. has been replacing and repairing parts of line &quot;6B&quot; as part of its <a href="http://www.enbridgeus.com/Line6B2012.aspx">maintenance and rehabilitation program</a>. The pipeline was built in 1969.</p><p>Now company officials want to replace 200 miles of the oil pipeline in Michigan.</p><p>The &quot;6B&quot; pipeline broke open near Marshall, Michigan in 2010 and spilled more that 840,000 gallons of thick tar sands oil into Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River. There are <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=630">still pockets of thick oil at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River</a>.</p><p>The 6B pipeline has been operating at reduced capacity since the spill.</p><p>Crystal Garcia of the <a href="http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20120510/NEWS01/305100001/Enbridge-Inc-proposes-new-oil-pipeline?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s&amp;nclick_check=1">Times Herald of Port Huron</a> reported on Enbridge&#39;s plan today.</p><p>She writes the existing pipeline is pumping around &quot;243,000 barrels of oil a day with the pressure restrictions.&quot; A company spokesman, Joe Martucci, said the new pipeline would produce about 500,000 barrels of oil a day.</p><p>If plans are approved, Garcia reports the existing pipeline will be taken offline and remain in place, and the new pipeline will be built about 25 feet from the existing line.</p><blockquote><p>Replacing the pipeline will be done in two phases, Martucci said.</p><p>Part of the first phase &mdash; which includes two five-mile segments east of pumping stations near Griffith and LaPorte, Ind. and three five-mile segments east of Niles, Mendon and Marshall &mdash; already has been approved. The other part of the first phase &mdash; a 50-mile segment between Stockbridge and Ortonville &mdash; is near approval. Work on the first phase will be done this year, Martucci said...</p><p>Phase two includes 210 miles of pipeline from Griffith, Ind. to Marysville that was not replaced during phase one. A preliminary hearing for the phase two proposal will be at 9 a.m. June 6 in Lansing</p></blockquote><p>The Times Herald reports if the plans are approved, most of the construction work would be done in 2013. Thu, 10 May 2012 16:43:45 +0000 Mark Brush 7413 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge wants to replace 200 miles of aging pipeline in Michigan