Great Lakes Now’s documentary about the history of and current political debates about Enbridge Line 5 in the Mackinac Straits garnered a top award from the Society of Professional Journalists metro Detroit chapter on Thursday.
Records show funding for Toledo Coalition for Jobs and Growth came almost exclusively from Houston, Texas-based BP North America, including a $302,000 wire transfer made just two weeks before the election.
Milwaukee’s Kevin Shafer has an ambitious goal for the agency charged with keeping sewage out of Lake Michigan. He wants zero sewage overflows to the lake by 2035, a goal that has national colleagues and a Milwaukee environmental group questioning if he understands the inevitability of overflows.
While most farmers aren’t happy about the newly-minted ordinance, they’re not overly concerned about it, either. Many of them at the Oak Harbor event were confident in their efforts to keep their operations as environmentally-friendly as possible.
For some Great Lakes governors, the emerging issue of a family of chemicals known as PFAS – per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — is coming at a time when they are making arguments to raise taxes to fund other statewide needs.