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Summer 2021 Algal Bloom Still Expected To Be Mild For Western Lake Erie

"Despite searing heat and heavy showers at various times this month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is sticking to its prediction that western Lake Erie’s algal bloom this summer will be as small as last year’s and relatively mild overall."

Source: Toledo Blade, 07/01/2021

"Army Corps Plans Extensive Review Of Great Lakes Tunnel Plan"

"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it would conduct an extensive review of Enbridge Energy’s plan to build an oil pipeline tunnel beneath a Great Lakes channel in Michigan, which could significantly delay the project."

Source: AP, 06/24/2021

"Illinois AG Sues Utility Company For 'Unlawful Disposal Of Coal Ash'"

"Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Vermilion County State’s Attorney Jacqueline Lacy filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, against a utility company over "the unlawful disposal of coal ash," according to a news release from the Attorney General's office."

Source: KHQA, 06/23/2021

"Minnesota Court Affirms Approval Of Line 3 Oil Pipeline"

"The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed state regulators’ key approvals of Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project, in a dispute that drew over 1,000 protesters to northern Minnesota last week."

Source: AP, 06/15/2021

"Line 3 Foes In Northern MN Block Road, Chain Themselves To Equipment"

"A summer of ramped-up opposition to the Line 3 oil pipeline in northern Minnesota kicked off Monday as some 1,000 opponents began protesting and disrupting construction work, starting with a blockade at the entrance of an Enbridge Energy pump station south of Itasca State Park."

Source: Inside Climate News, 06/08/2021

Before You Cover That Pipeline Protest, Check the Law

At least 16 states currently have critical infrastructure anti-protest laws that could sweep up journalists on the scene, reports the latest TipSheet. The laws, which more states are considering, apply to pipelines, but sometimes other facilities that impact the environment too, like powerlines, dams, port facilities and refineries. How to keep track and avoid going to jail.

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