Michigan Environmental Report
The University of Michigan last fall released a report three years in the making that offers a comprehensive review of Michigan's policy options regarding fracking for natural gas and oil. While fracking has been used for decades in Michigan, new techniques use far greater quantities of water and chemicals and pose greater risks to the environment and human health.
Crafting a 30-year strategy to position Michigan's abundant (and awesome) water assets in a national and global context is no easy feat. MEC is grateful to Governor Snyder for asking for such a plan, and to Jon Allan and his team at the Office of Great Lakes (OGL) for pulling a laudable draft of one together.
The transportation funding package Gov. Snyder signed into law last November brought a disappointing end to the years-long debate over how to raise much-needed funding for Michigan's transportation system. The approved package has many serious failures.
Though he now lives on the East Coast, it's clear that Cheboygan-raised David Ermisch still loves Michigan's Great Lakes and wild places. For one thing, he didn't let a late-summer cold front with temperatures in the 50s stop him from swimming in Lake Michigan during a visit to his family's cottage in the Upper Peninsula.
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
Michigan Environmental Council is collaborating with Ecology Center, Harriet Tubman Center, Metro Matters, M.O.S.E.S., Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M), and Transportation Riders United (TRU) to form Momentum, a regional coalition for 21st century transit in Greater Detroit.
We've been getting calls in our office lately from people concerned about the Flint water crisis-folks from as far away as West Virginia and New Mexico-who want to know what they can do to help.
Michigan's solar industry employed 2,779 people in 2015, a 32 percent increase from 2014, according to industry data released Wednesday.