Detroit Hit With Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding

Detroit Hit With Torrential Rain, Massive Flooding

Detroit Flood 2021- what a mess and more rain is on the way ! @Local4News #flood #Detroit pic.twitter.com/jQtDk2doBD — Karen Drew (@KarenDrewTV) June 26, 2021 by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Over the weekend, seven inches of rain fell onto Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan, bringing devastating flooding that fully submerged cars on freeways and […]

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Environmental Impact Statement May Deal Blow to Line 5 Pipeline Upgrades

Environmental Impact Statement May Deal Blow to Line 5 Pipeline Upgrades

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will require an environmental impact statement (EIS) for Enbridge Inc.’s Line 5 oil pipeline upgrade project. The project’s opponents are celebrating the temporary victory, which will delay building a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. The announcement is a fierce battle between Enbridge and environmental allies, including Michigan Governor […]

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Enbridge Continues Operation Despite Whitmer’s Cease and Desist

Enbridge Continues Operation Despite Whitmer’s Cease and Desist

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Canadian energy company Enbridge will continue to operate a pipeline transporting oil from the U.S. to Canada–despite Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s order to halt operations–– stating that the governor did not have the authority to cease the pipeline’s operations. The Line 5 pipeline transports millions of barrels of crude oil […]

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Michigan Moves to Shut Down Pipeline, Tensions Rise Between US and Canada

Michigan Moves to Shut Down Pipeline, Tensions Rise Between US and Canada

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Keystone XL isn’t the only oil pipeline under threat of having its permit revoked. A battle is ramping up in Michigan, where Governor Gretchen Whitmer ordered Calgary-based Enbridge to shut down a nearly 70-year-old pipeline that carries millions of barrels of crude oil beneath the Great Lakes each day. Indigenous communities […]

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Mass Evacuations in Michigan After Dams Collapse

Mass Evacuations in Michigan After Dams Collapse

After suffering record-breaking heavy rains, the Central Michigan city of Midland experienced a catastrophic 2-dam collapse along the Tittabawassee River yesterday evening. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency and expressed that “In the next 12 to 15 hours, downtown Midland could be under approximately nine feet of water.” Whitmer also urged people […]

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Coronavirus: Coming Fast for Rural America

Coronavirus: Coming Fast for Rural America

As cities across the United States were shutting down in response to COVID-19, rural communities often saw these measures as being overblown. In California especially, the rural/coastal divide on containment measures was a microcosm for the rest of the nation–it could also serve as a lesson for how to grapple with this issue nationwide. But […]

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