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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.
Politics Nov 03FBI investigates robocalls warning voters to ‘stay home’
The calls, which feature a computerized female voice, began over the summer and increased dramatically last month.
Science Oct 29Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of U.S.
Gray wolves have recovered from near extinction in parts of the country but remain absent from much of their historical range. Biologists who reviewed the administration's plan to strip protection from wolves say it lacked scientific justification.
Nation Oct 24‘All talk, no action’ defense likely in Michigan kidnap case
When members of a Michigan paramilitary group were accused a decade ago of scheming to overthrow the U.S. government, their defense was based largely on one claim: We were all talk, no action.
Science Sep 27New rule may strip pollution protections from popular lakes
Nearly 50 years ago, a power company received permission from North Carolina to build a reservoir by damming a creek near the coastal city of Wilmington. It would provide a source of steam to generate electricity and a place to…
Nation Aug 24Thousands allowed to bypass environmental rules in pandemic
The AP's findings run counter to statements in late June by Susan Bodine, EPA's assistant administrator for enforcement, who told lawmakers the pandemic was not causing "a significant impact on routine compliance, monitoring and reporting" and that industry wasn't widely…
Health Aug 20Michigan will pay residents $600 million for Flint water crisis
It is intended to resolve all legal actions against the state for its role in a disaster that made the impoverished, majority-Black city a nationwide symbol of governmental mismanagement.
Science May 02Solar, wind energy struggle as coronavirus takes toll
The U.S. renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction, put thousands of skilled laborers out of work and sowed doubts about solar and wind projects on the drawing board.
Nation Apr 09Great Lakes get extra funds for cleanups, invasive species
Federal officials say additional funds provided by Congress will help clean up toxic sites and otherwise protect the Great Lakes.