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Bottled Water is Not an "Essential Public Service"

Michigan's Court of Appeals has ruled that Nestle's water-bottling operation is not an "essential public service" in a case regarding building a pumping station in the township of Osceola. This is a huge step forward as many other cities and organizations in the state hope to stop Nestle's operation in Michigan for good.

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Nestle in Hot Water Across the Nation

The fight against Swiss water-bottling giant Nestle continues across the nation. Read more here.

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The City of Mackinac Island's Line 5 Legal Challenge Gaining Media Coverage

The legal challenge to Enbridge's Line 5 on behalf of the City of Mackinac Island, the Straits of Mackinac Alliance and Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians has been getting further media coverage. Click here to view the article in the Petoskey News.

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Mackinac Island Joins Citizens Group in Line 5 Fight

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 ...

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How long can Lake Erie wait?

Jim Olson, founding partner of Olson, Bzdok & Howard recently wrote an op-ed article for Toledo's The Blade related to Lake Erie's algae issue which has been designated by Ohio EPA as "impaired" under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  For the full article please click here: The Blade (09-01-18)

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Traverse City, MI 49686

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