National Wildlife Federation

Enbridge

DETROIT (AP) — Two advocacy groups say the U.S. Coast Guard doesn't have an adequate strategy for dealing with oil spills in the channel linking Lakes Huron and Michigan.
       The Coast Guard approved a plan last year for responding to spills in northern Michigan, including the Straits of Mackinac. A section of Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 oil pipeline runs beneath the straits.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   An environmental group is accusing the federal government of misjudging an emergency response plan for a major oil pipeline that runs through Michigan. 

The National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit Monday against a pipeline safety agency, saying the government in 2013 failed to account for impacts on wildlife, plants, and Great Lakes shore if Line 5 ruptures.

The pipeline belongs to Enbridge, a Canadian company. It runs from Wisconsin to Ontario, Canada, including the Straits of Mackinac, which connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

ANN ARBOR, MI--   The National Wildlife Federation says it intends to sue the federal agency that oversees oil pipeline safety in the U.S. 

The NWF says the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration had no authority to allow the transport of oil through pipelines that run under the Straits of Mackinac and other navigable waters in Michigan.  It says the agency also incorrectly authorized the transport of oil through pipelines on land without assessing the impacts on the environment, fish, and wildlife.

TRAVERSE CITY, MI (AP)--   An environmental group is suing the federal government, contending it gives pipeline owners and operators a free pass on developing plans for dealing with oil spills into inland waterways.  

The suit filed Thursday by the National Wildlife Federation says the federal Oil Pollution Act prohibits operators from handling, storing or transporting oil until their spill response plans get federal approval. The plans are supposed to make sure enough resources are available to contain and remove spilled oil and limit environmental damage.

Group starts process to sue US agency over pipeline plans

Jul 28, 2015

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A conservation organization has begun the process required for it to sue the U.S. Transportation department, saying the agency has failed to require pipeline owners to come up with safety response plans for worst-case oil spills. 

The National Wildlife Federation said it filed the required "intent to sue" notice Tuesday through certified mail to the agency.

It says the Transportation Department has not come up with requirements or given approval of response plans for inland water pipelines as required by the 1990 Oil Pollution Act.

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Court of Appeals has agreed to hear arguments against the state's decision to grant permits for a nickel and copper mine in the Upper Peninsula.

The court decided this week to consider an appeal by groups opposing the mine, including the National Wildlife Federation and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

They contend the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality should not have granted permits for the Rio Tinto Eagle Mine, formerly known as the Kennecott Eagle mine. It's under construction in Marquette County.

MARSHALL, MI (AP)--   An environmental group says the company whose ruptured pipeline dumped 800,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in 2010 has a long history of spills.

Wednesday is the second anniversary of the rupture in the pipeline, which runs from Griffith, Indiana to Sarnia, Ontario.