oil pipeline 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 New state law lowers taxes for companies trying to get more oil out of existing wells http://michiganradio.org/post/new-state-law-lowers-taxes-companies-trying-get-more-oil-out-existing-wells <p>A new state law encourages oil companies to go back to oil wells that are considered tapped out and extract more oil.</p><p>So-called “enhanced recovery projects” are relatively new in Michigan. In fact, there’s only one company that’s using the technique.</p><p>The process recycles carbon dioxide that would otherwise be vented into the atmosphere and pumps it down into existing oil wells. The pressure forces more oil to the surface. Proponents say the process makes better use of existing oil wells because the oil couldn’t be recovered without the technique.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:58:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17085 at http://michiganradio.org New state law lowers taxes for companies trying to get more oil out of existing wells 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 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 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 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? 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 Already short on time, Enbridge’s plans to dredge oil from the Kalamazoo River delayed http://michiganradio.org/post/already-short-time-enbridge-s-plans-dredge-oil-kalamazoo-river-delayed <p>It appears less likely that Enbridge will meet a federal deadline to dredge some of the oil that remains at the bottom of the Kalamazoo River. The oil is left over from the company’s spill three years ago.</p><p>The Environmental Protection Agency wants the work done by the end of this year. They say the work will <a href="http://www.epa.gov/enbridgespill/pdfs/enbridge-fs-20130624.pdf">remove 12,000 – 18,000 gallons of “recoverable oil”.</a></p><p>Enbridge needs to get several permits from Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality to do the dredging work in five locations.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:10:36 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13710 at http://michiganradio.org Already short on time, Enbridge’s plans to dredge oil from the Kalamazoo River delayed 3 years and nearly $1 billion later, cleanup of Kalamazoo River oil spill continues http://michiganradio.org/post/3-years-and-nearly-1-billion-later-cleanup-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill-continues <p>Three years ago today, an underground pipeline carrying tar sands oil to refineries near Detroit ruptured near Marshall, Michigan. The break went undetected overnight, allowing hundreds of thousands of gallons of thick oil to seep into the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>On July 26, 2010, a call came into Jay Wesley’s office in Plainwell that there’d been an oil spill.</p><p>“We expected to see an overturned truck or something like that. That’s typically what our spills are like here, very minor,” he says.</p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:55:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 13687 at http://michiganradio.org 3 years and nearly $1 billion later, cleanup of Kalamazoo River oil spill continues 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 In this morning's news: Rally for Trayvon, Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline, student loan debt http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-rally-trayvon-straits-mackinac-oil-pipeline-student-loan-debt <p><strong>Rally held in Detroit for Trayvon Martin</strong></p><p>More than a hundred <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/justice-trayvon-detroiters-protest-honor-trayvon-martin">protesters rallied in Detroit</a>'s Grand Circus Park yesterday in response to the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. Zimmerman was charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Rally goers described a desire for overall social change regarding civil rights issues like education, mass incarceration and gun violence.</p><p><strong>Oil pipeline worries Michigan environmentalists </strong></p><p>Environmental groups have rallied to call attention to an <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-worry-about-oil-pipeline-beneath-mackinac-straits">oil pipeline that crosses the Straits of Mackinac</a>, the area linking Lakes Huron and Michigan. Critics say the 60-year-old pipeline at the bottom of the straits is aging and risky.They also fear Enbridge will pump heavy tar sands oil through the line, although the company says it has no plans to do so. It says the line is safe and regularly monitored.</p><p><strong>Student loan debt higher for less expensive colleges</strong></p><p>College students who go to pricier state schools are graduating with less student loan debt than those from supposedly less expensive state schools. On average, graduates from Michigan Tech, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan University all have more student loan debt than those from Michigan State or the University of Michigan. Debbie Cochrane, research direction at the Institute for College Access and Success, says because of the amount of financial aid that might be available, the high sticker price of a larger school might actually end up costing less than a supposedly more affordable state school.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:18:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13525 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Rally for Trayvon, Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline, student loan debt 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 Citing public pressure, U.S. State Department extends comment period on Enbridge pipeline proposal http://michiganradio.org/post/citing-public-pressure-us-state-department-extends-comment-period-enbridge-pipeline-proposal <p>The U.S. State Department has extended the&nbsp;public comment period on a proposal to nearly double the amount of crude oil that's shipped in a pipeline along Lake Superior.</p><p>Enbridge Energy’s <a href="http://www.enbridge.com/MainlineEnhancementProgram/Canada/Alberta-Clipper-Capacity-Expansion.aspx">Line 67, </a>also known as the “Alberta Clipper” pipeline, runs from the tar sands region in Canada down to Wisconsin near Lake Superior. In the US, it's more than 300 miles long and three feet in diameter.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 16:27:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12473 at http://michiganradio.org Citing public pressure, U.S. State Department extends comment period on Enbridge pipeline proposal Landowners celebrate a small win in court against Enbridge Energy http://michiganradio.org/post/landowners-celebrate-small-win-court-against-enbridge-energy <p>Enbridge Energy plans to build a bigger oil pipeline across the state. The company says, not only will it be bigger and move more oil. They say it will also be safer than the line that broke in 2010.</p><p>The Michigan Public Service Commission approved the first phase of the project last May, but some landowners have sued. They say they weren’t properly notified that the construction work could force them to give up more land. And that Enbridge could remove more trees.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 13:26:33 +0000 Mark Brush 8775 at http://michiganradio.org Landowners celebrate a small win in court against Enbridge Energy Enbridge pipeline break in Wisconsin partly blamed for spike in Michigan gasoline prices http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-pipeline-break-wisconsin-partly-blamed-spike-michigan-gasoline-prices <p>Gasoline prices in parts of Michigan are soaring <a href="http://www.michigangasprices.com/">over $4 a gallon</a>.</p><p>The recent leak that shutdown an oil pipeline in Wisconsin is getting much of the blame. <a href="http://enbridge.com/MediaCentre/News.aspx?yearTab=en2012&amp;id=1646238">The Enbridge Energy pipeline</a> has been shut down since it sprung a leak last week. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:35:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 8519 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge pipeline break in Wisconsin partly blamed for spike in Michigan gasoline prices