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In Mich. Cleanup, a Missed Opportunity for Local Workers and Abuse of Undocumented Ones

By | 09.07.10 | 4:30 am

In July, a 30-inch oil pipeline burst in Battle Creek, Mich., near a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. The cracked pipe leaked an estimated million gallons of oil into the water, and at the time, Enbridge Energy, the Canadian company that owns the pipe, promised a complete cleanup and rigorous More…


Investigation Reveals Undocumented Workers, Unsafe Conditions in Mich. Oil Spill Cleanup

By | 08.31.10 | 3:15 pm

An investigation by the Michigan Messenger, TWI’s sister publication, has found possible labor-law abuses and definite safety concerns in the cleanup of a major oil spill in the Kalamazoo River in south-central Michigan. After the Messenger story went online, the company contracting for the cleanup job fired More…

Obama Won’t Visit Oil Spill Site on Today’s Trip to Michigan

By | 07.30.10 | 9:47 am

President Obama will be in Michigan today, but, at least according to his public schedule, he won’t be stopping in Battle Creek, the site of an oil spill that has leaked 1 million gallons of oil into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. (A call to confirm with the White More…

Raising Michigan’s Liability Cap for Pipeline Spills

By | 07.29.10 | 3:27 pm

A state lawmaker in Michigan is planning to introduce a bill to lift a cap on  liability from oil spills from pipelines, legislation that mirrors similar proposals being considered in Congress in light of the Gulf oil spill.

After Oil Spills in Michigan and the Gulf, Will Washington Act?

By | 07.28.10 | 12:18 pm

Our sister publication, The Michigan Messenger, has been doing some great reporting on a massive oil spill along the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun County, Mich., caused by a broken underground pipeline.

While the story is still developing, there are already a number of parallels between this spill in Michigan More…

America’s Abandoned Cities: Detroit Pranksters Make Playthings of Empty Buildings

By | 11.06.09 | 9:23 am

Pranksters with too much time on the hands are alleviating their boredom by scavaging around Detroit’s ample supply of abandoned and vacant properties, The Wall Street Journal reports. A staff  videographer even documented a group of perpetrators in the act of pushing a dump truck out a fourth-floor window More…

Michigan House Introduces ‘Fertilized Egg = Person’ Amendment to State Constitution

By | 10.23.09 | 11:22 am

The Michigan Messenger’s Todd Heywood reports:

While the state is coming down from its second temporary shut down in two years, ever increasing unemployment and unresolved budget issues, Michigan House Republicans this week introduced legislation to amend the state constitution to define life as beginning


Michigan Dem Backs Off Plan to Give Free Federal Land to Christian School

By | 10.22.09 | 10:39 am

From The Michigan Messenger:

Rep. Bart Stupak [D-Mich.] has reconsidered earlier legislation that would have given several acres of Coast Guard property in Cheboygan [Mich.] to a Christian school free of charge after constitutional law scholars pointed out that the land transfer would violate the


Standish, Mich., City Council: Send Us Your Gitmo Detainees

By | 10.20.09 | 11:11 am

The Michigan Messenger’s Todd Heywood reports:

The Standish City Council unanimously approved a resolution targeting President Barack Obama and federal authorities with one message: Send us your prisoners.

Michigan Government Shuts Down Briefly, but Still No Budget

By | 10.01.09 | 9:39 am

The Michigan Messenger reports that Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.) temporarily laid off state workers at midnight after the state legislature failed to pass a budget for fiscal year 2010. However, two hours later, Granholm signed a resolution passed by the Senate allowing the government to continue operating More…