Energy & The Environment

From Great Lakes Now to Beyond the Light Switch, Detroit Public Television brings you in-depth coverage and reporting of important energy and environmental issues.

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  • Bill sent to Whitmer would lengthen bonds for dam repairs
    by The Associated Press on September 30, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    By David Eggert, Associated Press Writer LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature on Tuesday finalized a bill that would lengthen the financing period of lake projects in the wake of flooding that damaged dams and drained lakes in the Midland area. The legislation would extend, from 10 years to 40 years, the maximum maturity date of bonds issued to pay for inland lake-level control projects across the state. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Policy Expert Q&A: Keep advocating with elected officials for safe drinking water
    by Gary Wilson on September 30, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    The Flint water crisis that made national and international headlines was a failure on many levels, according to University of Chicago Professor Sabina Shaikh. Particularly, it was a public policy failure, Shaikh told Great Lakes Now in an interview, and the failure in Flint put a spotlight on environmental injustices. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Trash Fish: Marine debris becomes sculptures at Great Lakes aquariums and museums
    by Natasha Blakely on September 29, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    An array of more than 80 marine-debris-turned-art works will be making another Great Lakes stop, adding a lake sturgeon sculpture when it’s installed at a Wisconsin site next year. Made entirely of plastic trash, these larger-than-life figures have realistic designs. They come as part of the traveling exhibit, Washed Ashore, which aims to educate people about plastic pollution. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

  • Opposition team criticizes Enbridge plans for oil tunnel
    by The Associated Press on September 28, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    By John Flesher, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge’s plans for drilling an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes do not meet industry standards and pose significant hazards to workers and the environment, experts who reviewed project documents on behalf of opposition groups said Monday. Read Now at Great Lakes Now.

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