mackinac straits http://michiganradio.org en Coast Guard icebreaker back at work after crash in the Straits of Mackinac http://michiganradio.org/post/coast-guard-icebreaker-back-work-after-crash-straits-mackinac <p>MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says one of its icebreakers has returned to service after sustaining damage in a collision with a freighter in the Straits of Mackinac.<br /><br />The accident happened Jan. 5 in Lake Michigan, about 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge.<br /><br />The Coast Guard says the 225-foot cutter Hollyhock was breaking ice when it hit a hard spot in the ice. It says the 990-foot Mesabi Miner hit the Hollyhock's stern.<br /><br />The Mesabi Mine sustained damage to its bow. It was hauling iron ore to Gary, Ind.<br /> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 01:55:30 +0000 The Associated Press 15990 at http://michiganradio.org Coast Guard icebreaker back at work after crash in the Straits of Mackinac 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 Coast Guard ice-breaker damaged in Straits of Mackinac crash http://michiganradio.org/post/coast-guard-ice-breaker-damaged-straits-mackinac-crash <p>MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says one of its ice-breakers sustained significant damage in a collision with a freighter in the Straits of Mackinac. No injuries are reported.<br /><br />Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Keith Showalter says the accident happened about 10:45 a.m. Sunday. He says the location is about 20 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, which links Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula to St. Ignace in the Upper Peninsula.<br /> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 22:29:53 +0000 The Associated Press 15886 at http://michiganradio.org Coast Guard ice-breaker damaged in Straits of Mackinac crash 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 Environmentalists worry about oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits http://michiganradio.org/post/environmentalists-worry-about-oil-pipeline-beneath-mackinac-straits <p>Protesters are expected Sunday afternoon near the Mackinac Bridge.&nbsp;The protest won’t be about what travels over the bridge, but actually beneath it.</p><p>Jim Lively is the program director at the Michigan Land Use Institute. He says several environmental groups are worried about an aging oil pipeline that passes through the Mackinac Straits.</p><p>“It’s really unclear what the benefit is to the state of Michigan to take this oil that’s coming from either Canada or North Dakota,” says Lively.</p> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 18:27:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13516 at http://michiganradio.org Environmentalists worry about oil pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits Report: Oil pipeline plans put Michigan vacation destination at risk http://michiganradio.org/post/report-oil-pipeline-plans-put-michigan-vacation-destination-risk <p>A national environmental group says plans to expand an oil pipeline near Mackinac Island presents a serious ecological threat.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/Media-Center/News-by-Topic/Wildlife/2010/09-21-10-Enbridge-Oil-Pipeline-Under-Great-Lakes-a-Ticking-Time-Bomb.aspx">National Wildlife Federation</a> opposes Enbridge Energy’s plans to expand the nearly 60 year old pipeline that passes through the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straits_of_Mackinac">Straits of Mackinac.</a></p><p>Beth Wallace, with the National Wildlife Federation, said the age of the pipeline, the Straits of Mackinac's dangerous currents, and a lack of safety equipment close by threatens to put the vacation <a href="http://greatlakesecho.org/2012/10/16/environmental-concerns-over-straits-of-mackinac-pipeline-expansion/">destination at risk</a> of a major spill.</p><p>"With Enbridge’s estimates and average current speeds for the Straits, we believe oil could spread to Mackinaw City and Mackinac Island in the three hours it would take them to respond," said Wallace.</p><p>"If six hours passed, oil could spread to Wilderness State Park. Twelve hours, and oil could be all the way to Cheboygan [Michigan],” said Wallace,&nbsp; “and the damage from a spill, without a doubt, would be devastating."</p><p>It took Enbridge 17 hours to realize it had a broken pipeline near <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enbridge_oil_spill">Marshall, Michigan</a> in 2010.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>That spill released more than 800,000 gallons of crude oil. The cleanup of Talmadge Creek and the Kalamazoo River has cost close to a billion dollars.</p><p>There is still oil in the river.</p><p>An<a href="http://enbridge.com/"> Enbridge</a> spokesman says the Calgary-based oil company is reviewing the National Wildlife Federation's report.</p><p></p><p>Jeannie Layson, PHMSA's Director for Governmental, International, and Public Affairs, issued a written statement on the NWF report:</p><blockquote><p>Pipeline safety is a top priority at PHMSA, and we hold pipeline operators accountable when they violate federal requirements. For example, Enbridge just paid the<a href="http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PHMSA/menuitem.ebdc7a8a7e39f2e55cf2031050248a0c/?vgnextoid=0faf7fe7f1a38310VgnVCM1000001ecb7898RCRD&amp;vgnextchannel=d248724dd7d6c010VgnVCM10000080e8a8c0RCRD&amp;vgnextfmt=print" target="_blank">highest</a><a href="http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/portal/site/PHMSA/menuitem.ebdc7a8a7e39f2e55cf2031050248a0c/?vgnextoid=0faf7fe7f1a38310VgnVCM1000001ecb7898RCRD&amp;vgnextchannel=d248724dd7d6c010VgnVCM10000080e8a8c0RCRD&amp;vgnextfmt=print" target="_blank"> civil penalty in the agency’s history</a> for the Marshall, Michigan spill. In addition, PHMSA executed a consent agreement which imposed more<a href="http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/Pipeline/The_Lakehead_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">stringent</a><a href="http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/staticfiles/PHMSA/DownloadableFiles/Files/Pipeline/The_Lakehead_Plan.pdf" target="_blank"> safety requirements</a> for the entire Lakehead System, including Line 5.</p><p></p><p>Pipeline safety requires a combination of enforcement, information sharing and transparency and public education. PHMSA&nbsp; created&nbsp; the <a href="http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/" target="_blank">Stakeholder Communications</a> website to provide the public comprehensive, searchable information on the safety records of pipeline companies, such as incident rates and PHMSA’s oversight actions and enforcement activities including fines, warnings, and violations. Additional information on pipeline operators in Michigan can be found on our <a href="http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/StatePages/Michigan.htm?nocache=194" target="_blank">Michigan State Pipeline Safety </a><a href="http://primis.phmsa.dot.gov/comm/StatePages/Michigan.htm?nocache=194" target="_blank">Profile</a>page.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 17:18:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 9521 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Oil pipeline plans put Michigan vacation destination at risk