What's New on GLIN No Spills Conference The Northern Michigan Waterways Hazardous Material Spill Planning Committee (No-Spills) is hosting its 2014 No-Spills Conference on January 6-8 in Traverse City, Mich. The conference brings together emergency response and environmental professionals and focuses on education and prevention of hazardous material spills to the Great Lakes.
Will Canadian tar sands be shipped on Great Lakes to refineries? Akron Beacon Journal Online (12/11) As tar sands extraction continues and proposals for expanded pipelines from Canada into the U.S. form a backdrop, the Great Lakes themselves could become the next frontier for moving crude oil to a vast Midwest refinery network.
U.P. lighthouse restoration bolsters tourism, economy, and community pride Upper Peninsula Second Wave (12/11) The historic DeTour Reef Light rehabilitation project is coming to a close after nearly 16 years of work. Scheduled to open this summer and restorers hope to draw visitors and rivaling other popular U.P. lighthouses, such as Eagle Harbor, Marquette Harbor and Whitefish Point.
COMMENTARY: Eh? Ice? Salt? Smarts? Duluth News Tribune (12/11) There is a chemical that is sometimes used to melt the ice at temperatures lower than 15 degrees, roughly the coldest pure salt will work at. It’s called chloride. Chlorides are harsh chemicals that can scorch the ice off the roads, but they can also be detrimental to animals and plants.
City expecting $1.7 million The Mining Journal (12/10) Among $3 million recommended in Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grants for the Upper Peninsula, the city of Marquette was expected to receive $1.7 million for new restrooms at three local parks and acquisition of nine acres for the Clark Lambros Beach Park.
Wind farm appeal set for next week Sault Star (12/10) The decision, posed on Ontario's Environmental Registry, said the renewable energy approval has been issued to SP Development Limited Partnership to engage in a renewable energy project for a Class 4 wind facility that will have a total capacity of 25 MV.
Local group boosts Griffon Park's greenery Niagara Gazette (12/10) Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting the region’s waterways, announced that three plant beds that will be home to 135 native species plants were put in last week in Griffon Park.
Crews get busy cleaning up Belle Isle for new state-park status Detroit Free Press (12/10) Saying they’re “All in for Belle Isle,” state and city officials and community groups Tuesday talked up the tangible steps they’ll take to improve Detroit’s signature park a month after the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the city inked a deal for the state to run it as a state park.