Category: Oil & Gas Transportation

Clean Energy Means Clean Water: The Water Energy Nexus Explained

Posted on April 19, 2019 by

Most children know that turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth saves water, but it’s less intuitive to see that turning off the bathroom light or opening windows in the summer can too. People have been using water as energy since 200 BC when the Romans used water to turn mills that crushed […]

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Michigan Governor Announces Line 5 Agreement with Enbridge Inc.

Posted on November 29, 2017 by

On Monday, November 27, the Canadian corporation Enbridge Inc. inked a deal with the State of Michigan that will implement newly agreed-upon actions to move toward a long-term solution for the controversial Line 5 oil pipeline. The agreement stipulates that Enbridge will: Replace the portion of the pipeline that crosses beneath the St. Clair River […]

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State of Michigan Says Line 5 Report Inadequate

Posted on August 9, 2017 by

The Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources, Michigan Agency for Energy, Michigan Public Service Commission, and Attorney General’s office (collectively referred to as “the State”) filed their public comments on the draft Alternatives Risk Analysis for Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac on Aug. 4. State regulatory agencies ordered Dynamic Risk […]

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Michigan Accepting Comments on the Future of Line 5

Posted on July 20, 2017 by

FRESHWATER FUTURE AND LINE 5 After Enbridge’s Pipeline 6b spilled more than 1.2 million gallons of crude into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River in 2010, Freshwater Future led the charge in raising awareness about the existence of a lesser-known Enbridge pipeline: Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac. Today the 64-year-old pipeline transports over 22 million gallons […]

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Freshwater Future Executive Director speaks to document release about threats to Great Lakes from oil and gas pipeline company

Posted on May 16, 2016 by

Under the Straights of Mackinac runs Line 5, operated by Enbridge, a company that operates gas and liquid pipelines in the US and Canada. Thank you 9&10 News for covering this potential threat to the Great Lakes. Learn more about the release of documents outlining the cost of a potential spill and Pipeline Task Force and legislators […]

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In Response: Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force

Posted on July 14, 2015 by

A partner organization of Freshwater Future released the following statement today about the pipeline under the Straits of Mackinaw. The National Wildlife Federation posted this in response to State of Michigan’s Petroleum Pipeline Task Force report. We agree with these statements and wanted to share them with you. National Wildlife Federation Heralds New Michigan Report as […]

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Are We Prepared For An Emergency?

Posted on September 19, 2014 by

On September 17, a phantom pipeline broke and pretended to spill oil in the Indian River in Cheboygan County—part of Michigan’s beautiful 40-mile Inland Waterway.  Thankfully, this pipeline break was only a simulation to help emergency staff prepare and practice for an actual spill. Freshwater Future appreciates the effort of all the parties involved to […]

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