Great Lakes (IL IN MI MN OH WI)

"1836 Treaty Puts Michigan Tribes At Center Of Nestle Water Bid"

"TRAVERSE CITY, MI -- Native American tribes with treaty rights to natural resources north of Grand Rapids are quietly coordinating with Michigan officials who are deciding whether to let Nestle Waters North America extract more spring water from trout stream headwaters where the tribes have inland fishing rights."

Source: Grand Rapids Press, 06/07/2017

"How Hard Will Pruitt Crack Down on Lake Erie Farmers?"

"An agreement reached last year between the U.S. and Canada may force state and federal officials to impose new limits on the amount of fertilizer that can be applied by farmers in parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. The two countries are seeking to halve the amount of nutrients, mostly from farms, that wash into Lake Erie. High levels of nutrients can cause algae blooms that contaminate the lake, an important drinking water source."

Source: BNA, 06/07/2017

Fearing More Spills, 114 Groups Demand Halt to Ohio Pipeline Project

"The activists also called on federal regulators to 'initiate an immediate review of horizontal drilling plans and procedures on all open pipeline dockets.'"

"More than 100 local and environmental groups are demanding federal regulators immediately halt all construction on Energy Transfer Partners' Rover gas pipeline after a series of environmental violations, including a massive spill that fouled sensitive wetlands in Ohio with several million gallons of construction mud.

Source: InsideClimate News, 05/18/2017

U.S. Blocks Major Pipeline After 18 Leaks And A 2 Million Gallon Spill

"The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has curtailed work on a natural-gas pipeline in Ohio after the owner, Energy Transfer Partners, reported 18 leaks and spilled more than 2 million gallons of drilling materials."

Source: Washington Post, 05/11/2017

Outrage After Flint Sends Foreclosure Warnings Over Tainted-Water Bills

"Thousands of Flint, Mich., residents have been warned that they could lose their homes if they don’t pay outstanding water bills — even as the city has just begun replacing lead-tainted pipes after a contamination crisis linked to a dozen deaths."

Source: Washington Post, 05/05/2017

Ohio Lawmakers Add Provision That Could Open State Parks To Fracking

"Ohio legislators took a step toward allowing fracking in state parks, adding a provision in a pending budget that would strip the governor of the ability to control the issuing of licenses for the oil and gas drilling practice that has raised environmental concerns."

Source: Reuters, 05/04/2017


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