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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MI: Energy Policy

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

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

Gas prices in Michigan are $2.10 on average, the same as the national average. (Adobe Stock)

Both sides of the pipeline were shutdown June 25th by court order. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the date was June 19th. (12:48 p.m., August 18, 2020) LANSING, Mich. -- Warnings that shutting down the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline would cause gas prices to go through the ceiling ar

More Michiganders are experiencing financial crises because of the coronavirus pandemic, and for many, overdue utility bills are piling up. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - As families brace for further economic downturn, many are struggling to pay their utility bills. Some say the novel coronavirus pandemic is a rallying cry for integrating more renewable-energy sources such as solar and wind into the state's electric grid. The fossil-fuel industry

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

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)

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

Opponents of a plan to allow liquified natural gas to be transported on rail tank cars say it's too dangerous for communities near the tracks. (Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. - The Trump administration is considering a rule that would allow trains carrying a highly volatile substance to travel through Michigan and other states. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is reviewing hundreds of public comments about the proposal, that wou

The Michigan Home Heating Credit helps lower-income households pay for heating bills from the previous winter. (Paolese/Adobe Stock)

LANSING, Mich. – As the days start to cool in Michigan, some folks might be able to offset the cost of summer utility bills with the Michigan Home Heating Credit. Eligible households that paid for heat last winter have until Sept. 30 to apply for the 2018 Home Heating Credit. Ross Yednock, Mi

Oil and gas wells that are tapped out can be re-purposed to store industrial waste. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A new online map helps people find out if any waste-injection wells are being permitted near them. The map pinpoints all the sites in Michigan where companies have applied to dump toxic waste from oil and gas exploration. Peggy Case, president of the group Michigan Citizen

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