Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"Sunken Great Lakes Oil Pipeline Raises Spill Fears"

"TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A freshwater channel that separates Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas is a premier Midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer's delight, offering spectacular vistas of two Great Lakes, several islands and one of the world's longest suspension bridges. But nowadays the Straits of Mackinac is drawing attention for something that is out of sight and usually out of mind, and which some consider a symbol of the dangers lurking in the nation's sprawling web of buried oil and natural gas pipelines."

Source: AP, 03/04/2014

Kasich Camp Knew Of Plan To Target 'Eco-Left' As OH Promoted Fracking

"Top advisers to Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) were aware of a plan that the state's Department of Natural Resources was undertaking to target the "eco-left" as it pushed forward on efforts to promote drilling in state parks and forests, the Associated Press reports."

Source: Huffington Post, 02/19/2014

"Oil Drillers Pay for Fracking Workshops for Teachers"

"A controversy flared in January when environmentalists learned that Radio Disney had joined with the Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program to tour elementary schools and science centers, teaching about the energy industry. They worried that the show sold children a positive image of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — the process of pumping millions of gallons of water and chemicals underground to break rock to free oil and gas."

Source: Columbus Dispatch, 02/11/2014

Perry Nuclear Power Plant Is Leaking Radioactive Water; Danger Minimal

"The Perry nuclear power plant is leaking tritium, a radioactive form of water with a half-life of more than 12 years. The radioactive water has been found in groundwater at concentrations more than twice the
federal drinking water limit outside of a building where the leak was discovered Monday. No other, more dangerous radioactive isotopes were found." John Funk reports for the Cleveland Plain Dealer January 21,
2014.
 

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 01/22/2014

Tension Between DNR, Mining Company May Indicate More Conflict To Come

"Tensions between the Gogebic Taconite mining company and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources rose to new heights last week in a public dispute over how much regulatory authority remains in the agency’s hands under a 2013 law that rolled back environmental restrictions to make iron mining easier."

Source: Wisconsin State Journal, 01/20/2014

"New Spending Bill Would Restore Great Lakes Cleanup Money"

"WASHINGTON, D.C. - Negotiators between the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Monday night released a $1.012 trillion compromise 2014 spending bill that would restore Great Lakes cleanup money to last year's levels and also repeal a newly enacted cut to cost of living adjustments, or COLAs, for disabled military retirees and their survivors."

Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer, 01/15/2014

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