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PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


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The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Public News Service - MI: Water

Enbridge's proposed tunnel would replace the existing dual Line 5 pipelines crossing the Straits of Mackinac. (AdobeStock).

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LANSING, Mich. -- A dozen organizations are calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reject plans to construct an oil-pipeline tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac. An online hearing was held Monday on Enbridge's permit application for the tunnel, which would replace the existing Line 5 pipeli

Scientists say there are challenging geological conditions in the Straits of Mackinac that include poor rock quality, solution cavities and fault zones. (AdobeStock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Some experts are cautioning the proposed Line 5 tunnel project in the Straits of Mackinac is not ready for prime time. The state is holding hearings on Enbridge's permit applications for the project. Geological engineer Brian O'Mara joined other scientists who reviewed the plan t

Ruptured segment of Line 6B following the 2010 rupture in Kalamazoo. (NTSF/Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. - Some water-quality groups say Michigan needs to take a stronger stance against Enbridge for its refusal to assume responsibility for losses related to a Line 5 oil pipeline failure in the Great Lakes. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday that the pipeli

The Enbridge Line 5 replacement pipeline would be buried beneath the Straits of Mackinac. (Wikimedia Commons)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Conservation groups are praising the state for handing the Line 5 pipeline replacement project another setback. The State Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has asked Enbridge to rewrite its permit application to rebuild an oil and gas pipeline underneath the Strai

People who advocate for income-based water rates see the current moratorium on water shutoffs in Michigan as only a temporary fix for lower-income households. (Becker1999/Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. -- The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified water-access issues for low-income families in Michigan, and a new report reveals that a hotly debated remedy is possible under state law. In response to years of ever-increasing water rates and shutoffs, consumer advocates in Michigan have call

Safe, clean tap water is out of reach for thousands of Detroit residents. (AdobeStock)

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DETROIT -- Hand washing is an important practice to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but it's a measure that thousands of Michiganders are unable to do in their own homes. Despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's March 9 call for restoration of water and sanitation services for 9,500 disconnected Detroit hom

Opponents say increasing the capacity of a toxic-waste facility puts the health of 10,000 Detroit-area residents at even greater risk. (Coalition to Oppose Expansion of U.S. Ecology)<br />

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LANSING, Mich. -- Despite losing their battle against the expansion of a toxic waste facility in Detroit, opponents of the project say they will persist. Community members and elected leaders from Detroit and Hamtramck fought for several years to prevent U.S. Ecology from increasing the amount of ha

Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation contends the state failed act to protect water resources from corporate interests. (MCWC)

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LANSING, Mich. — Despite a legal victory against a major corporation, environmental and community groups are not letting their guards down when it comes to protecting Michigan's water. The Michigan Court of Appeals last week ruled Osceola Township had the right to deny a zoning permit to Nestl

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