Category Archives: Energy

Indigenous people feel their concerns about pipelines fall on deaf ears

TranscanadaA Canadian oil company is suing the American government for denying the Keystone XL pipeline.

Aldo Seoane is the Co-founder of the Wicaheli League, and an advocate for indigenous peoples rights.

Seoane said while the legal issues are being handled in court, there is a voice going unheard.
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Michigan looks to save energy as coal power plants shut down 

downloadThe state is asking for public comment on how to get more households on power saving plans with their electric company.

Those plans are called Demand Response Programs.
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Oil company skips environmental assessment of century old pipelines

Plains PipelineTwo 98 year old oil pipelines under the St. Clair river may see an increased workload in the near future.

Plains All American Pipelines is attempting to get permission from the government to push crude oil through the lines.
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National Wildlife Federation files intent to sue

mackinac-03On Monday the National Wildlife Federation filed an intent to sue the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which oversees pipeline safety.

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Conservationists worry what new bill could mean for the Great Lakes

DSC_1116A state house bill has come under fire from conservation groups for allowing information about pipeline integrity to remain secret. In particular, opponents say they’re worried about line 5, the Enbridge pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

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Public comment period extended for pipeline studies

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

Straits of Mackinac. Courtesy of Colleen Brown.

The state has extended the public comment period for two independent studies of Enbridge’s pipeline under the straits of Mackinac.
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Lower heating bills are in store this winter for households using natural gas

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It may be okay to crank up the heat a bit more – those heating their homes with natural gas can expect to see lower bills this winter.

DTE Energy says the cost for the company to buy natural gas has fallen by 8%, meaning more savings for customers. Continue reading

Hefty petition rejecting nuclear dump hits the desk of Canadian Prime Minister

A new petition with nearly 100-thousand signatures, and over 30-thousand comments is calling on the Canadian Minister of the Environment to reject a nuclear waste dump on the shores of Lake Huron.
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Consumers Energy’s is being investigated by the state for its billing practices

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An investigation was launched on Wednesday, Jan. 20 into Consumers Energy’s estimated billing practices.

Officials with the Michigan Public Service Commission say they’ve received complaints about estimated billing. That’s a practice where the energy company does not read the meter – rather it estimates the utility usage and bill. Continue reading

Mt. Pleasant Broadway Theatre is clear of CO after leak Wednesday night

Photo courtesy of A Celebration of Christmas

Photo courtesy of A Celebration of Christmas

Officials confirm Mt Pleasant’s Broadway Theatre is clear of carbon monoxide today after a leak Wednesday night sent 18 people to local hospitals.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department said the leak was the result of a faulty furnace. Continue reading

Canadian government delays dump decision, again

A month after Canada’s new Prime Minister was sworn in, the Canadian Government has delayed the decision on whether or not to allow a nuclear waste dump near the shores of the Great Lakes.
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Snyder backs energy plan headed to state House floor

Snyder_courtesy_4Governor Rick Snyder has thrown his support behind an energy plan that could be voted on soon by the state House.

The plan would make it harder for customers to move between the utilities and alternative suppliers of electricity. The governor says that would help utilities plan new construction as 19 coal-fired plants are about to shut down.
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Winter is fast approaching and officials on Mackinac Island say they’re having trouble finding an electrician to hire to keep the power on

file3641283618643The island is looking is looking for someone to fill a journeyman lineman position. That’s the person who operates, maintains and installs electric distribution equipment.
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