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Editor's Note: A public meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Vevay Township Hall.

A private oil and gas company is hoping to drill at a new site near Mason. 

 

Traverse City-based Jordan Development is seeking a state permit to drill in a 120-acre unit in Vevay Township near Mason.

It’s in an untapped area that lies within a historically productive oil deposit.

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Enbridge Inc. said Monday that it is moving ahead with the collection of rock and soil samples in the Straits of Mackinac while it prepares for a court battle with Michigan’s governor over a planned oil pipeline tunnel there.

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Michigan's new governor and attorney general moved quickly Wednesday to review the legality of a contentious state deal to run an oil pipeline beneath a crucial section of the Great Lakes.

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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. 


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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration and Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge have agreed to replace twin 65-year-old crude oil pipes in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes with another that would run through a tunnel far below the lake bed, officials told The Associated Press.

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Authorities say oil has been found in a creek in the Flint-area community of Clio.

International players find home on MSU club basketball team

Apr 11, 2016

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Sometimes, passing up a chance to play the sport you love for money is easier than it sounds.

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Last year, the State of Michigan ordered a study of Enbridge Energy’s ‘Line 5,’ which carries up to 500,000 barrels of light crude and natural gas liquids daily under the Straits of Mackinac.  We talk with James Clift with the Michigan Environmental Council about the study and his concerns about Enbridge Energy's Line 5.

How safe are the oil and gas pipelines running beneath the Mackinac Straits?

For more than 60 years, hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil and natural gas liquids have travelled through the lines daily without incident.

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Environmentalists have been calling on Enbridge Energy for years to shut down the pipelines running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.  The company maintains that the pipelines are safe and in good condition. 

Now, a new study from the University of Michigan shows that an oil spill in the straits could impact over 700 miles of shoreline. 

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with lead researcher Dave Schwab and National Wildlife Federation regional executive director Mike Shriberg.

Mackinac Bridge photo
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In the aftermath of the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, environmental groups have been calling on Michigan to pay attention to a different Enbridge pipeline system: the one running beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

When you think of the oil boom in the U.S., Michigan might not be the first state that comes to mind.

But while the state is no North Dakota, that oil is making its way to the state, traveling through an underground network of pipelines.