Stories tagged: "Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy"


Photo by Daymon J. Hartley
‘Joe Biden Needs to Know’: A Community Hero’s Goal to Save a Small Town From Lead

Yet another Michigan town's water supply is contaminated with lead. Every day, residents need to drink bottled water or cope with dire health consequences otherwise.

Photo Courtesy of Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
‘Going Back in Time’: What Michigan’s Shipwrecks Reveal About the Great Lakes

Michigan is famous for its shipwrecks. But state officials don’t want to add any more boats to the below-water collection.

A search and rescue boat is deployed as Saginaw Road is closed at Drake due to water over the road while floodwater rises in Midland, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. (Katy Kildee/Midland Daily News via AP)
Michigan Releases First Report on Midland Dam Failure

Hundreds of displaced mid-Michigan families are waiting for answers about the Edenville Dam's failure. Here's what they know — and what they don't.

Midland flood
Michigan Will Assess Remaining Portion of Failed Dam

State investigators announced Monday that they will be assessing the remaining portions of the dams that broke in May.

People photograph the floodwaters of the Tittabawassee River that encroached on downtown Midland, Mich., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Floodwaters have overtaken dams and forced the evacuation of about 10,000 people from communities in central Michigan. Families living along the Tittabawassee River and connected lakes in Midland County were ordered to leave home Tuesday evening, the second time in less than 24 hours. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Independent Investigation Launched Into Whether Federal Negligence to Blame for Midland Flood

More than two months after the floodwaters submerged a mid-Michigan town, an independent investigation into the cause is finally underway.

This June 2020 photo, shot from a television screen provided by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy shows damage to anchor support EP-17-1 on the east leg of the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline within the Straits of Mackinac in Michigan. (Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy via AP)
A Judge Just Shut Down the Line 5 Energy Pipeline to Protect Michigan’s Great Lakes

Attorney General Dana Nessel said continued operation of the pipeline risks severe and lasting environmental damage to Michigan's most important natural resource.

A rural Michigan river and a bottling plant. These rivers are in danger when companies like Nestle tap the aquifers at their headwaters. 
Photos courtesy Tim Kiser under Wikimedia Commons - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 and via Shutterstock respectively.
Nestle Just Gobbled Up Even More Rural Michigan Water — For Real Cheap

Nestle has a long and troubled history related to its bottled water. Michigan regulators will give it even more access to rural aquifers. Nestle only pays $200 a year to do it.