enbridge http://michiganradio.org en Oil will soon be flowing through Enbridge's new pipeline in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/oil-will-soon-be-flowing-through-enbridges-new-pipeline-michigan <p>By the end of the month, Enbridge’s new oil pipeline through Michigan may be in operation.</p><p></p><p>Enbridge has built a nearly 300 mile pipeline from Griffith, Indiana to Ortonville, Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The pipeline will eventually transport 500,000 barrels of oil a day or about twice as much as the pipeline it’s replacing.</p><p></p><p>The old pipeline ruptured in 2010, spilling about a million gallons of Canadian Tar Sands Oil. The cleanup of the Kalamazoo River continues.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17121 at http://michiganradio.org Oil will soon be flowing through Enbridge's new pipeline in Michigan 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 Eco-protesters to be sentenced this week http://michiganradio.org/post/eco-protesters-be-sentenced-week <p>A trio of environmental activists will find out this week whether they will face prison time for a 2013 protest.</p><p></p><p>The three women were convicted in January of trespassing and obstruction charges. They and a fourth member of the group Michigan Coalition Against Tar Sands attached themselves to heavy machinery to protest the installation of a new oil pipeline near Stockbridge.</p><p></p><p>The four did not detach themselves after being ordered to by law enforcement officers during the 2013 incident.</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:19:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16672 at http://michiganradio.org Eco-protesters to be sentenced this week Enbridge has a new plan for dredging parts of the Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-has-new-plan-dredging-parts-kalamazoo-river <p>Enbridge Energy is still cleaning up oil left over from its pipeline spill in the Kalamazoo River. &nbsp;</p><p>The company has already recovered most of the oil, but it's still working to comply with an order from the federal regulators, who say they need to clean up another 180,000 gallons.&nbsp;</p><p>According to Enbridge's new plan, they can start that cleanup March 15. But that's all dependent on this crazy weather. Right now, everything is frozen. But, if spring warms things up and there's flooding, that can also be problematic for the dredging process.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 17:43:27 +0000 Rebecca Williams 16525 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge has a new plan for dredging parts of the Kalamazoo River Now with local approval, Enbridge hopes to finish dredging Kalamazoo River by fall http://michiganradio.org/post/now-local-approval-enbridge-hopes-finish-dredging-kalamazoo-river-fall <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">Enbridge</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;"> Energy can move forward with plans to dredge thousands of truck loads worth of contaminated sediment from the Kalamazoo River - 135,000 cubic yards to be exact.</span></div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 1.5;">The cleanup is related to the pipeline company’s 2010 oil spill.</span></div><div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</div><p><span data-term="goog_1444053644" tabindex="0">On Monday</span>&nbsp;night, Comstock Township’s planning commission unanimously approved the company’s plans to dredge. The heavy crude oil has broken down and mixed with the river sediment.</p><p>Enbridge was supposed to finish dredging contaminated river sediment a couple of months ago, but it failed to meet the deadline in part because the first set of plans it had in Comstock Township were rejected last summer.</p><p>The township said the operation was too close to homes and businesses, among other reasons.</p><p>About a dozen residents came to the meeting to raise specific concerns about pollution, smells and noise.</p><p>But in the end, the concerns were not enough to prevent the temporary operation in a district zoned for heavy manufacturing.</p><p>“I do think that this is the best site of all of the ones that we looked at with a minimum amount of impact,” Township Supervisor Ann Nieuwenhuis said. “And what’s most important is that the river is going to get clean.”</p><p>“All of the work will be done under the oversight of the federal and state regulators, and any comments or questions or concerns, we’ll do our best to address those as well,"&nbsp;Enbridge spokeswoman Lorraine Little said after the vote.</p><p>Getting rid of the oiled sediment is key to meeting standards under the federal Clean Water Act.</p><p>Enbridge hopes to start work in a month and wrap it up by fall.</p><p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 13:55:15 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16487 at http://michiganradio.org Now with local approval, Enbridge hopes to finish dredging Kalamazoo River by fall Enbridge unveils new plans to dredge oily sediment from Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-unveils-new-plans-dredge-oily-sediment-kalamazoo-river <p>Enbridge Energy has new plans to finish dredging oil from the Kalamazoo River spill in 2010. The spill was the biggest inland oil spill in U.S. history. The cleanup has cost the company <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/3-years-and-nearly-1-billion-later-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-continues">more than a billion dollars </a>so far.</p><p>The roughly 180,000 gallons of crude oil that was left on the river bottom before dredging began isn’t really oil anymore. It's tiny particles of weathered material that’s mixed in with sediment.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:00:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16426 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge unveils new plans to dredge oily sediment from Kalamazoo River 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 The case of the mysterious rocks and signs related to the Kalamazoo River oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/case-mysterious-rocks-and-signs-related-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill <p>In case you’re new in town, three and a half years ago an Enbridge pipeline broke, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/kalamazoo-river-oil-spill">causing a huge oil spill </a>near Marshall, Michigan.</p><p><strong>The case of the mystery rocks</strong></p><p>A couple of years ago, I met Craig Ritter while doing some reporting on the river cleanup.</p><p>He’s your typical, passionate, Michigan out-of-doors type.</p><p>He says he was out fishing last summer.</p><p>“I started noticing these weird formations that I’d never seen before,” Ritter said.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:16:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16241 at http://michiganradio.org The case of the mysterious rocks and signs related to the Kalamazoo River oil spill 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 Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention http://michiganradio.org/post/battles-over-unemployment-benefits-mackinac-s-oil-pipeline-gain-federal-attention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Emergency unemployment benefits and senatorial "</span><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20140108/NEWS04/301080011/Oil-pipeline-through-Straits-Mackinac-US-tries-reassure-Levin-Stabenow" style="line-height: 1.5;">jitters</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">" over an </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> oil pipeline running through the Straits of </span>Mackinac: B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">oth are issues consuming attention from Michigan's congressional delegation.</span></p><p>More than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired, leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.</p><p>The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. In Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.</p><p>On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.</p><p>Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to ease concerns over an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.</p><p>Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about these issues.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:08:30 +0000 Stateside Staff 15936 at http://michiganradio.org Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention U.S. Senators want more info on Enbridge pipeline running through Straits of Mackinac http://michiganradio.org/post/us-senators-want-more-info-enbridge-pipeline-running-through-straits-mackinac <p>Three U.S. senators want a federal agency to check on the safety of an oil pipeline that runs beneath Great Lakes waters.</p><p>The 60-year-old pipeline passes beneath the Straits of Mackinac, where Lakes Huron and Michigan meet. It was the first pipeline Enbridge built through Michigan.</p><p>Environmentalists <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-worry-about-oil-pipeline-beneath-mackinac-straits">protested the pipeline </a>expansion earlier this year. They sent divers down to check out the condition of the pipeline firsthand.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=qCMfDDcyRb0</p><p>Democrats Dick Durbin of Illinois and Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan want the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration <a href="http://www.stabenow.senate.gov/?p=press_release&amp;id=1216">to provide details of the agency’s safety tests </a>on the line. PHMSA is a division of the Department of Transportation. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 22:14:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15649 at http://michiganradio.org U.S. Senators want more info on Enbridge pipeline running through Straits of Mackinac Federal regulators won’t grant Enbridge more time to dredge oil from Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/federal-regulators-won-t-grant-enbridge-more-time-dredge-oil-kalamazoo-river <p>The Environmental Protection Agency will not extend the December 31 deadline it gave Enbridge Energy to finish dredging oil from portions of the Kalamazoo River. &nbsp;In March the EPA <a href="http://www.epa.gov/region5/enbridgespill/index.html">ordered Enbridge to remove up to 18,000 gallons </a>of submerged oil by the end of the year.</p><p>The oil is left over from the<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/kalamazoo-river-oil-spill"> 2010 pipeline rupture</a>. More than 800,000 gallons of crude oil leaked from the Enbridge pipeline. The spill affected almost 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Enbridge says <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-will-miss-deadline-finish-cleaning-2010-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill">it cannot meet the deadline</a>, but could complete the work by October of 2014. This month the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/kalamazoo-river-oil-spill">company asked the EPA </a>to extend that deadline. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:14:24 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15505 at http://michiganradio.org Federal regulators won’t grant Enbridge more time to dredge oil from Kalamazoo River Enbridge starts more dredging this week, hopes to finish most projects by December 31 deadline http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-starts-more-dredging-week-hopes-finish-most-projects-december-31-deadline <p>This week an oil pipeline company began another project to dredge oil that remains from the 2010 Kalamazoo River spill.</p><p>Enbridge Energy spokesman Jason Manshum says the company is working near the mouth of Morrow Lake in Kalamazoo County. But they have to complete the work before ice starts to form.</p><p>“If we need to look at doing something there in 2014 we certainly will. But right now our focus is to try to get this done while we still have favorable weather conditions,” Manshum said.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:52:29 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15363 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge starts more dredging this week, hopes to finish most projects by December 31 deadline Enbridge will miss deadline to finish cleaning up 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-will-miss-deadline-finish-cleaning-2010-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill <p>An oil pipeline company will miss the EPA’s year-end deadline to complete its cleanup of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill.</p><p>More than 800 thousand gallons of crude leaked from a pipeline owned by Enbridge Energy. The spill fouled more than 30 miles of the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>In March, federal regulators gave Enbridge until December 31st to finish removing the remaining submerged oil in the river.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15155 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge will miss deadline to finish cleaning up 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill Michigan health officials release report on impacts of Enbridge oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-health-officials-release-report-impacts-enbridge-oil-spill <p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The Michigan Department of Community Health released its public&nbsp;health assessment of the waters and fish affected by the 2010 Enbridge&nbsp;oil spill.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">You can read their report <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Enbridge_Surface_Water_and_Fish_PHA_435112_7.pdf">here</a>.</span></p><p>They conclude the spill is &quot;not harmful to health&quot;:</p><blockquote><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">MDCH has concluded that no long-term harm to people&rsquo;s health is expected from contact with chemicals in the surface water during recreational activities, such as wading, swimming, or canoeing. However, contact with oil sheen and globules in the river may cause temporary effects, such as skin irritation.</span></p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Fish from the Kalamazoo River and Morrow Lake were tested for oil-related chemicals, as well as chemicals that were previously found in fish there. Fish from areas impacted by the oil spill, including Ceresco Impoundment and Morrow Lake, had similar levels of oil-related chemicals as fish caught in Marshall Pond (upstream of the spill). All oil-related chemical levels were very low. Mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) levels were similar to levels measured in fish caught before the oil spill.</span></p></blockquote><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The MDCH has released previous reports on the oil spill&#39;s effects on <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Enbridge_drinking_water_PHA_FINAL_413797_7.pdf">drinking water wells</a>, and on the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mdch/Enbridge_Sediment__BLUE_FINAL_5-23-2012_387874_7.pdf">effects of submerged oil in the sediments</a> of the Kalamazoo River.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:39:17 +0000 Mark Brush 14644 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan health officials release report on impacts of Enbridge oil spill Enbridge gets state permit to dredge in Morrow Lake, now to find a suitable location http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-gets-state-permit-dredge-morrow-lake-now-find-suitable-location <p>This week Enbridge Energy <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/wrd-enbridge-13390025p_432087_7.pdf">got a permit that will allow the company to dredge </a>some of the oil that remains from the Kalamazoo River oil spill. But the company still needs to find the right location to do the work.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 19:01:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14160 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge gets state permit to dredge in Morrow Lake, now to find a suitable location 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? 285 miles of new oil pipeline being installed across Michigan, neighbors in the path http://michiganradio.org/post/285-miles-new-oil-pipeline-being-installed-across-michigan-neighbors-path <p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Enbridge Energy has begun the next phase of replacing an oil pipeline that crosses Michigan. They hope to have 285 miles of new pipeline online sometime next year.</span></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:30:00 +0000 Mark Brush 14112 at http://michiganradio.org 285 miles of new oil pipeline being installed across Michigan, neighbors in the path Comstock Township denies Enbridge special zoning to dredge oil from Kalamazoo River http://michiganradio.org/post/comstock-township-denies-enbridge-special-zoning-dredge-oil-kalamazoo-river <p>It now appears even less likely Enbridge Energy will meet a federal deadline to dredge oil from the bottom of the Kalamazoo River. The cleanup is related to the company’s 2010 pipeline spill.</p><p>Enbridge wanted special permission from Comstock Township to build a dredge pad, a place to process the waste and truck it to a nearby landfill.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 05:50:17 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14113 at http://michiganradio.org Comstock Township denies Enbridge special zoning to dredge oil from Kalamazoo River