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The Global Rundown Monsoon rains are performing well in most of India. A major copper mine in Papua New Guinea is closing temporarily because of low river levels, while copper mines in Zambia are experiencing electricity shortages due to insufficient hydropower supplies. Oregon ordered state agencies to cut water consumption, scientists in Toledo, Ohio, monitored […]

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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 Global Rundown Colombia is struggling to contain an oil spill and safeguard water supplies after rebel forces attacked an oil pipeline last week. Researchers tracked the virtual destinations of groundwater used to grow food in the United States. Perth, Australia, will begin pumping larger quantities of groundwater to supplement its water supply. In India, […]

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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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The Global Rundown An attack on an oil pipeline has spilled several thousand barrels of crude into a Colombia river. Groundwater is declining fast in Pakistan‘s breadbasket region. The capital of Ghana is ill-equipped to handle heavy rain. “It’s a social and environmental tragedy.” — Juan Carlos Echeverry, CEO of Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol, […]

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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 An environmental activist plans to swim New York City’s toxic Gowanus Canal to bring attention to water pollution on Earth Day. Exxon will pay millions to settle pollution violations in Arkansas, and Rio Tinto will pay millions to improve goodwill and water supplies in Mongolia. Thousands of people are still without water […]

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The Global Rundown Climate change was likely behind the drought that helped push Syria into civil war, scientists found. Two separate oil spills contaminated river water used for drinking and irrigation in Washington state and Virginia, while ongoing problems with water and sanitation infrastructure are contributing to food insecurity in Gaza. A cholera outbreak in […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s largest city is in dire condition as water supplies drop, so much so that some officials say residents may be warned to leave. Crude oil spilled from a derailed train into a river in West Virginia, and international inspectors urged Japan to release water from the Fukushima plant into the Pacific […]

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The Global Rundown Brazil’s severe drought is spreading throughout the country’s largest metropolitan regions, including Rio de Janeiro. Widespread floods in Africa have left thousands in need of food and water aid, while water scarcity in Gaza has led to a growing number of potentially unsafe desalination plants. Japan will miss its deadline to clean […]

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The Global Rundown Sao Paulo is running out of water quickly, state water officials admitted, while homes in Northern Ireland are without water due to a dispute over pensions. Oil spilled into Montana’s Yellowstone River, and a judge in Washington state ruled for the first time that dairy farm manure was a solid waste polluting […]

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The Global Rundown Scientists have categorized the nine natural processes vital to life on earth, and determined that humans are throwing four of them dangerously out of whack. A diesel fuel spill into the St. Lawrence River left some Quebec residents under a tap water drinking ban this week. BP’s maximum fine for the Gulf of Mexico […]

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The Global Rundown Shell is paying $US 83 million to a Nigerian community devastated by oil spills in 2008 and 2009, and two Muslim charities are donating $US 100,000 to keep more Detroit citizens from having their water shut off. Togo‘s capital city will see a 50% increase in its water supply this year, and […]

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The Global Rundown Six people will be charged in connection with a chemical spill that contaminated drinking water in West Virginia, an announcement that comes as the United States Safe Drinking Water Act turns 40 years old. New York state is banning fracking due to health concerns. United Nations experts will help clean up an […]

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Mexico Two weeks after approximately 37,800 cubic meters of sulfuric acid spilled into Mexico’s Bacanuchi River from a copper mine, 88 schools have delayed the start of the academic year because of contaminated water, United Press International reported. The country’s National Water Commission said that toxicity levels in the water are declining, and could be […]

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University of Michigan study provides online video scenarios of fast and expansive movement of oil in two Great Lakes.

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Pollution Oil spilled into southern Lake Michigan Monday from a BP refinery in Indiana that was updated last year to accommodate an increasing amount of crude oil coming from Canada’s tar sands, Reuters reported. Lake Michigan is currently 60 percent covered in ice, and the company has not yet said how much oil was leaked. […]

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Natural Disasters The annual economic cost of natural disasters in China nearly doubled in 2013, costing the country $US 69 billion, Reuters reported. The most expensive disasters were floods and mudslides, followed by earthquakes and droughts. An extended period of heavy rainstorms and floods in the United Kingdom has taken a toll on the country’s […]

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“Five hundred times higher than safe levels is not protective of public health,” said Avinash Kar, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, in review of a proposal for a drinking water standard in California, Los Angeles Times reported. The carcinogen hexavalent chromium standard, which will be the first of its kind in the […]

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