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Cowichan Conversations: From toilet to table: Peecycling research at U of M investigates urine as fertilizer

I tripped across this article in the Treehugger this morning. Interesting project taking place in Michigan that utilizes urine as a beneficial resource providing nitrogen and phosphorous sans industrial production.

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The Disaffected Lib: Is Michigan the Most F_cked Up State in the Union?

Ever since the conquest and occupation of the City of Detroit, the Michigan state government has done some pretty quirky things.

The Boys of Lansing wasted no time passing a union-busting, “right to work for less” labour law in 2012.

Last year the far Right legislature enacted a law that bans all . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is Michigan the Most F_cked Up State in the Union?

Earthgauge Radio: The Challenges of Sturgeon Stewardship

A sturgeon rearing facility in Allegan County Park, in New Richmond on the Kalamazoo River. Photo: Mark Brooks

Thanks to a fellowship from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources, I was able to join a group of journalists on a learning expedition in Michigan last year. One of the projects we investigated . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: The Challenges of Sturgeon Stewardship

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio May 9: the Kalamazoo River oil spill 3 years later

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Photograph: State of Michigan

This week on Earthgauge, we take a look back at what happened in Michigan in 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline ruptured spilling roughly 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. What is the legacy of the spill and is there anything for the . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio May 9: the Kalamazoo River oil spill 3 years later

Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on EG Radio: the Kalamazoo River oil spill

This week on Earthgauge, we’ll take a look back at what happened in Michigan in 2010 when an Enbridge pipeline ruptured spilling roughly 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. What is the legacy of the spill and is there anything for the rest of us to learn as we contemplate the . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on EG Radio: the Kalamazoo River oil spill

Politics and its Discontents: An Editorial Recommendation

A bit of a busy day today, so I only have time right now to recommend today’s editorial in The Star, a timely warning about the implications of increasingly popular anti-union legislation that has only one goal: to reduce the remuneration of workers.

One can only hope that Canadians will not believe that . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: An Editorial Recommendation

Politics and its Discontents: Workers of the World Unite- You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Union Shackles!

That perhaps might have been the call in Michigan yesterday, as it joined 23 other states in enacting so called ‘right-to-work-legislation’ that ‘liberates’ workers from mandatory union membership and union dues.

Passed by a Republican-dominated House of Representatives, the new law was proudly proclaimed by Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger in the following terms:

. . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Workers of the World Unite- You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Union Shackles!

The Equivocator: 10 Ballot measures to Watch in Tonight’s U.S. election

Tonight President Barack Obama will be re-elected, Democrats will keep the Senate and for no apparent reason the Republicans will keep the House of Representatives for another 2 years. More awesomely, Wisconsin is going to elect America’s first openly gay … Continue reading . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: 10 Ballot measures to Watch in Tonight’s U.S. election

DeSmogBlog: Federal Investigation: "Complete Breakdown of Safety at Enbridge" Caused Kalamazoo River Tar Sands Oil Spill

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It was the most expensive pipeline oil spill in the country’s history, the fallout from which still plagues the local communities, and government investigators have found that it was entirely preventable.

The National Transportation Safety Board released its findings from a two year investigation of the 2010 Enbridge tar sands crude . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Federal Investigation: "Complete Breakdown of Safety at Enbridge" Caused Kalamazoo River Tar Sands Oil Spill

DeSmogBlog: Enbridge Mismanagement Caused Kalamazoo Tragedy, Says NTSB

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Enbridge, the Canadian company poised to build the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline, received a scathing assessment this week from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) after an inquiry into a 2010 pipeline rupture in Michigan revealed the company’s mismanagement of what unfolded into a “tragic and needless” disaster.

A combination . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Enbridge Mismanagement Caused Kalamazoo Tragedy, Says NTSB

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: B.C. Premier Condemns Enbridge Inc For Michigan Pipeline Spill

Finally, British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has taken a public position on the Northern Gateway pipeline!

Enbridge, the company behind the condemned pipeline through her province “has some pretty important questions to answer” following revelations of its inept handling of a July 2010 spill in Michigan. The spill dumped more than 3-million litres of crude . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: B.C. Premier Condemns Enbridge Inc For Michigan Pipeline Spill

DeSmogBlog: Must Read Muckrake on the Whistleblower Behind the Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Spill

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On a midsummer evening in July of 2010, heavy crude started gushing from a 30-inch pipeline into Talmadge Creek, near Marshall, Michigan. By the next morning, heavy globs of oil soon were coating the Kalamazoo River, into which the Talmadge flows, and the stench of petroleum filled the air.

Enbridge, the . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Must Read Muckrake on the Whistleblower Behind the Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Spill