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Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, is the largest shipper of Canadian crude oil, built and operates the twin, 20-inch-diameter steel pipelines, about 1,000 feet apart, that cross the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan. The company's holdings include this tank farm in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo/Keith Schneider

Pipeline owner criticized for lapses in inspection and disclosure.

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Report calls for independent analysis of the risks, alternatives, and cost of a big oil spill in the Mackinac Straits.

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The Straits of Mackinac, which separate Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsula, are the site of one of the most famous water crossings in the United States – the five-mile-long Mackinac Bridge, which opened in 1957. But four years before, in 1953, Enbridge Inc., the Canadian energy transport company, installed two 20-inch steel pipelines across the straits to ship oil and natural gas liquids to refineries and processing plants in Sarnia, Ontario, and to southeast Michigan.

Michigan will reveal information about energy-transport network under the Straits of Mackinac.

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Circle of Blue intern Connor Bebb explains his passion for sharing information about our most important shared resource — water.

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State and provincial leaders act to end danger to Lake Erie, which has suffered from a resurgence of nutrient pollution and toxic algae outbreaks over the past decade.

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From New York to Chicago to South America, Circle of Blue intern Miranda Cawley describes what drew her to the water-food-energy nexus.

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The Global Rundown A United States plan would provide rainfall and temperature data to help developing countries prepare for climate change. The United Nations secretary-general reiterated the importance of keeping water on the international development agenda, and officials from the Middle East and Northern Africa raised concerns about water conservation in their region. Michigan unveiled […]

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Lana Pollack, U.S. Chair of the IJC, talks with Circle of Blue last month in Chicago about some of the most pressing issues in the Great Lakes region.

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The Global Rundown Monsoon rains mean an increased likelihood of landslides in Nepal as communities recover from the earthquake. Queensland, Australia, is suffering its most widespread drought in history, while residents in Colombia are using plastic bottles to build cisterns. Enbridge agreed to pay Michigan millions in an oil spill settlement, and the U.S. House […]

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The Global Rundown Germany is beginning to tackle nitrogen pollution in its lakes and rivers. Nepal approved a major hydropower dam, a start-up in Portland,Oregon, uses drinking water pipes to create hydropower, and Flint, Michigan invests in a massive new water filter. A mine manager in Guatemala was jailed for a trial over water pollution. […]

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New legislative proposal focuses on less expensive, short-term fixes.

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The Rundown No canal water for Central Valley farmers. House passes bill responding to toxic algae crisis. Michigan representatives target invasive Asian carp while California senators aim to help clean up the San Francisco Bay. The U.S. Supreme Court issues ruling in Kansas v. Nebraska. Rural communities struggle to finance water system improvements. “We cannot […]

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Surge in oil and gas production has seen more spills that are harming water supplies.

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The Global Rundown The world’s aquifers are disappearing, and the Aral Sea is vanishing. Researchers from Massachusetts have deduced that the water on earth has been here since the planet’s formation, while scientists from Nebraska and Illinois have written a computer program for buying and selling water rights. Record floods in August caused mass amounts […]

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Quest for protein and profits invites challenge about pollution and waste.

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Water Supply As water supplies continue to decline in Tehran, Iran is spending $US 11 million to complete a new water treatment plant and mulling a plan to import water from Tajikistan, Bloomberg News reported. Officials are also considering stricter measures to get residents to reduce water consumption, which is much higher in the capital […]

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Climate Pauses in the jet stream are becoming more common and creating more extreme weather in mid-latitudes around the world, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, the Guardian reported. These “blocking” patterns have more than doubled during summers in the past decade, the research found. India’s […]

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Irrigated agriculture’s march into Midwest and South could increase competition for water.

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Food Record grain harvests in some of the world’s biggest exporters this year have restocked global supplies, drawing down food prices that spiked following the 2012 drought to their lowest level in three years, AlertNet reported. Officials at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations warned that global markets and prices are still […]

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EPA proposes tougher federal wastewater guidelines, while electricity generation turns from coal to gas. Photo courtesy of Brent Moore via Flickr Creative Commons A 2008 coal-ash pond failure at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee spilled 4.1 million cubic meters (5.4 million cubic yards) of wet coal ash into surrounding communities. While the EPA’s proposed […]

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