LANSING—Citizens groups sharply criticized proposed legislation introduced today that would permanently block public access to pipeline safety records in Michigan, including for high-risk pipelines running through the Straits of Mackinac operated by the controversial Canadian oil conglomerate Enbridge, Inc.
The sweeping bill, House Bill 4540, which would amend Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, goes beyond federal rules governing pipeline records disclosure. It would exempt virtually all oil and natural gas pipeline information from public disclosure and is being sought by Enbridge, responsible in 2010 for the nation’s largest inland oil spill near Kalamazoo.
LANSING – Today, leaders in Lansing introduced a package of bills that would increase Michigan’s renewable energy standard to 20 percent by 2022.
“Coming on the heels of Earth Day, this step forward in protecting and preserving our Great Lakes and environment for future generations is a welcome announcement,” said Nic Clark, state director of Clean Water Action. “We applaud our legislators for working to keep our communities healthy and strong.”
The bills contrast sharply with legislation introduced In March that would corrupt Michigan’s renewable energy standard by classifying burning hazardous waste like tires and trash as clean energy.
LANSING – Representatives Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores), Jeff Irwin (D-Ann Arbor), Gretchen Driskell (D-Saline), and Tom Cochran (D-Mason) today introduced a package of bills to call for more state oversight for oil and gas pipelines throughout Michigan. The bills aim to enhance pipeline safety and increase protection for the people and natural resources of our state. Robert Gordon of the Michigan Sierra Club and Nic Clark of Clean Water Action also spoke in support of the proposed legislation at a press conference on the Capitol steps.
Richmond, VA--As it considers whether to approve closure plans submitted by Dominion for leaking lagoons at plants like the Chesapeake Energy Center, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is facing increasing pressure from the public to clean up coal ash in a manner that is protective of both human health and the environment.
According to a new report released by Virginia Conservation Network in partnership with the Virginia League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Clean Water Action, and Earthjustice, every major region of Virginia contains coal ash ponds that are leaking and unstable, creating the potential for another major environmental catastrophe. Download the report (pdf).
(Hartford, CT) Matching a commitment from The Home Depot to eliminate phthalates in flooring by the end of the year, Lowe’s has become the latest retailer to pledge to eliminate the toxic chemicals, according to Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. The retailer made the commitment following a recent report, which found that 48 percent of Lowe’s flooring samples tested contained toxic phthalates. Lowe’s is the second largest home improvement retailer in the country. The Coalition for a Safe and Healthy CT has also urged Lowe’s to match The Home Depot commitment.