Bills aim to prevent spills in Straits

Oct 5, 2018

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A package of bills that’s passed out of the State House are aimed at increasing protections for the Line 5 Pipeline.

Lawmakers behind the bill say an anchor strike in April that resulted in fluid leaking into the Straits of Mackinac prompted them to take up the legislation.

Republican Representative Tristan Cole is one of the bill sponsors. He says the measure would create clear signage for vessels passing through the Straits identifying the waterway as a no-anchor zone.

ESCANABA, MI--   Two people are jailed for producing meth in Delta County.

On Tuesday the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Danforth Road in Wells Township. Detectives seized numerous components used to manufacture meth.

Evidence at the scene and information obtained by UPSET led to the execution of another search warrant at a house on 2nd Street in Escanaba. Additional meth components were seized and two subjects were arrested.

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP, MI--   No serious injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash in Chassell Township.

State Police from the Calumet Post responded Thursday around 4:10 p.m. to US-41 near North Entry Road. They say a GMC Canyon driven by a 74-year-old Chassell man was southbound on the highway and stopped to turn eastbound onto North Entry Road. A Ford F-150 driven by a 74-year-old Bruce Crossing man was southbound on 41 and failed to stop within an assured clear distance. The truck struck the rear of the Canyon.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The state and Enbridge Energy have reached an agreement to pursue construction of a tunnel underneath the Straits of Mackinac, a move designed to mitigate the environmental risk of a leak by containing the spill within the tunnel.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Essential Air Service program has been extended for five years for several Upper Peninsula airports. 

Funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation, the program provides critical air service that connects rural and remote areas with major hubs.

The U.P. airports that will receive funding through 2023 are the Delta County Airport in Escanaba, Houghton County Memorial Airport, Ford Airport in Kingsford, the Gogebic-Iron County Airport in Ironwood, and the Chippewa County International Airport in Sault Ste. Marie.

ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   State House Democrats have sent a letter asking the state auditor to investigate the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s handling of the state’s PFAS problem. 

PFAS is a group of man-made chemicals linked to human health problems. Numerous PFAS contamination sites have been discovered across the state in recent years.

State Representative Winnie Brinks hopes the state auditor can find answers.

LANSING, MI--   Michigan residents could register to vote online under bills nearing Gov. Rick Snyder's desk.

The state House approved the legislation unanimously Wednesday. The measures previously passed the Senate and are expected to receive final procedural votes later this month.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Legislation advancing in Michigan would prohibit vessels from dropping anchor in the Straits of Mackinac — where oil, electric and other underwater cables rest. 

The bills approved overwhelmingly Wednesday by the state House next go to the Senate.

They would prohibit ships from using anchors in the Straits of Mackinac, the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge. Exceptions would be made for emergencies or with state permission.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Roman Catholic dioceses across Michigan have turned over documents in a state investigation of sexual abuse by priests. 

Investigators with search warrants collected records Wednesday, about two weeks after Attorney General Bill Schuette said his office was leading a probe. The new emphasis comes after a Pennsylvania grand jury said more than 1,000 children have been molested there since the 1940s.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A controversial pipeline that carries crude oil and natural gas liquids under the Straits of Mackinac is on its way toward being decommissioned. Sort of. 

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder’s administration announced an agreement with Enbridge, the owners of the decades old Line 5 pipeline.