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Economy May 12Company defies Michigan governor’s order to close pipeline
Whitmer had set a Wednesday deadline to shut down Line 5, contending it risks a major oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac linking Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. But Enbridge says only the federal government has authority to order…
Nation May 11Governor Whitmer threatens profit seizure if pipeline keeps operating
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is threatening to go after Enbridge's profits from a Great Lakes oil pipeline if it isn't shut down.
Politics Mar 08Trump policy that weakened wild bird protections is revoked
The move halted enforcement practices that resulted most notably in a $100 million settlement after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill killed about 100,000 birds.
Science Jan 12Recovered Midwestern bird soars off endangered species list
Federal officials said Tuesday that 35 years of legal protection and habitat restoration efforts had brought the tern back from the brink of extinction.
Economy Jan 12Enbridge rejects Michigan’s demand to shut down oil pipeline
The governor said the company had violated the terms and put Lake Michigan and Lake Huron at risk. In a letter Tuesday, company officials said the issues that Whitmer raised have been fixed and the pipeline meets the easement requirements.
Nation Dec 21Congress approves 5-year extension of Great Lakes cleanup program
A program that has pumped $2.7 billion into healing long-term injuries to the Great Lakes environment has received authorization from Congress to continue another five years.
Politics Dec 176 men indicted in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor
A federal grand jury has charged six men with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in what investigators say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies.
Health Dec 07Flint officials say progress made toward ending water crisis
Flint has taken important steps toward resolving the lead contamination crisis that made the impoverished Michigan city a symbol of the drinking water problems that plague many U.S. communities, officials said Monday.
Politics Nov 24Enbridge sues Michigan over oil pipeline shutdown order
The Canadian company filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who demanded earlier this month that Line 5 be closed within 180 days.
Nation Nov 13Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline
"Enbridge has routinely refused to take action to protect our Great Lakes and the millions of Americans who depend on them for clean drinking water and good jobs," the Democratic governor said in a statement.