Environmental Law

The core of our practice and our heritage at Olson, Bzdok & Howard. Our firm has been involved in some of the major environmental cases of the last three decades, on issues ranging from water and wetlands, to the public trust and the Great Lakes, to oil and gas development on state lands.

Municipal Law

From drafting ordinances to defending takings claims or participating in complex multi-party litigation, our firm is fully equipped to provide assistance and guidance to municipalities in the areas of real property, environmental protection and regulation, land use, zoning, access to government issues, and general municipal law.

Energy & Climate

The core of our energy and utility practice involves the representation of individuals, ratepayers, non-profits, and environmental organizations in a wide range of proceedings before the Michigan Public Service Commission. 

    As the developer of one of the largest historic preservation and adaptive reuse redevelopments in the country, I have found the assistance of Olson, Bzdok Howard to be invaluable. Their team has helped us navigate a daunting redevelopment project that no one else was willing to take on and turn into a national success story.

    Raymond Minervini

    THE MINERVINI GROUP LLC

    Traverse City, Michigan

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Mackinac Island Joins Citizens Group in Line 5 Fight 01-31-19

Last week the City of Mackinac Island filed papers to join the challenge initiated last summer by the Straits of Mackinac Alliance against the MDEQ’s decision to issue permits to Enbridge for the installation of 22 anchor supports to prop up the aging Line 5 petroleum pipeline which lies under the waters of the Straits of Mackinac. Citing risks to its municipal water supply, potential interruption of ferry service supplying the Island, and the possibility of evacuation in the event of a Line 5 spill, the City has also filed a new challenge, together with the Straits of Mackinac Alliance, against MDEQ’s most recent issuance of permits for an additional 48 anchor supports. In both cases, the petitioners assert that the installation of dozens of anchor supports has transformed the design of Line 5, approximately three miles of which is now suspended above the lakebed, in violation of the Great Lakes Submerged Lands Act and other environmental laws.

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