environment

New Animation of Enbridge Pipeline spill in the Mackinac

I spent some time this AM on a conference call about this new animation and the possibility of an oil spill under the Mackinac Bridge from a 61 year old Enbridge pipeline.  The pressure on the old pipeline is being doubled, and the outcome of a spill from the pipeline would be horrendous.

National Wildlife Federation – University of Michigan

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2014

CONTACT: Jordan Lubetkin, National Wildlife Federation, 734-904-1589, lubetkinatnwf [dot] org

Jim Erickson, University of Michigan, (734) 647-1842, ericksnatumich [dot] edu

 

New University of Michigan Animation Illustrates Danger of Oil Spill to Great Lakes

 

Straits of Mackinac ‘worst possible place’ for oil spill, says lead researcher.

 

ANN ARBOR, MICH. – A new animated video by the University of Michigan and the National Wildlife Federation shows how devastating an oil spill beneath the Straits of Mackinac would be for the Great Lakes, wildlife, and communities. The animation shows that if an oil spill occurs, oil could reach popular tourist destinations like Mackinac Island, blanket 50 miles of Lake Huron shoreline, and reach Lake Michigan landmarks such as Beaver Island.

“If you were to pick the worst possible place for an oil spill in the Great Lakes, this would be it,” said David Schwab, Ph.D., research scientist at the University of Michigan Water Center, one of the foremost experts on Great Lakes water currents, and creator of the animation. “The currents are powerful and change directions frequently. In the event of an oil spill, these factors would lead to a big mess that would be very difficult to contain.”

How rural Wisconsin got fracked

Journalist Ellen Cantarow, writing at TomDispatch about the devastation to be caused by sand mines in rural Wisconsin.   This article mentions many of the people striving for sand mine regulation in western Wisconsin.

In this troubling spring, Wisconsin’s prairies and farmland fanned out to undulating hills that cradled the land and its people. Within their embrace, the rackety calls of geese echoed from ice-free ponds, bald eagles wheeled in the sky, and deer leaped in the brush. And for the first time in my life, I heard the thrilling warble of sandhill cranes.

Yet this peaceful rural landscape is swiftly becoming part of a vast assembly line in the corporate race for the last fossil fuels on the planet. The target: the sand in the land of the cranes.

Sand mining to expand in Rice Lake area

This will be a summer of industrial construction in Northwestern Wisconsin, where frac sand companies are investing about a quarter-billion dollars into mines and processing plants just south of Rice Lake in Barron and Chippewa counties.

WIsconsin League of Conservation Voters - Wetlands at Risk

Contact: Anne Sayers, Program Director, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters

Wisconsin’s Outdoor Heritage in Limbo--

Senators Kedzie, Wanggaard, Galloway and Moulton

Vote to Fill Prized Hunting and Fishing Areas

Madison – Today, SB 368, a bill that impairs habitat prized by Wisconsin’s outdoorsmen, passed the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Senators Kedzie, Wanggaard, Galloway, and Moulton voted to uphold the measure.  They also voted against a series of amendments offered by other members of the committee to maintain environmental protections.

Wetlands provide critical habitat for some of Wisconsin’s best game species. SB 368 threatens hunting and fishing traditions, as well as Wisconsin’s tourism economy by:

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