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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Enbridge Line 5 saga imperils Michigan business

, The Detroit NewsPublished 11:58 p.m. ET Nov. 15, 2017

Michigan business should pay closer attention to Enbridge Energy Partners LP’s rolling disclosures about missing coating on its Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac.
The corrosion represents far more than an environmental threat to the Great Lakes state, arguably the chief custodian of 20 percent of the world’s fresh water. A rupture at the heads of lakes Huron and Michigan could have major implications for automakers and utilities, health care companies and airlines, agriculture and “Pure Michigan” tourism.

“The state’s business community needs to get serious about the risk this poses to them — and they simply haven’t,” Patrick Anderson, CEO of the East Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group, said in an interview Wednesday. “Many of our largest businesses face risks they can’t quantify.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Michigan bill looks to clarify tax exemptions for distributed generation projects

A bipartisan group of Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill last week that aims to clear up confusion over tax collections for small-scale distributed generation projects.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Fish farm on Au Sable River 'clearly violates' law, judge says

Garret Ellison | gellison@mlive.com
GRAYLING, MI - A judge questioned the use of public property for a private fish farm on the East Branch of the Au Sable River.
Anglers of the Au Sable River filed a lawsuit against Harrietta Hills Fish Farm - which operates an old state fish hatchery - alleging that it pollutes the downstream fishery with fish waste and uneaten food.
Crawford County Circuit Judge George Mertz said that Anglers of the Au Sable River has no legal standing to challenge alleged violations of public-use restrictions and deed restrictions. Only the state has the right to sue - not a private citizen or group.
But, he said: "This Court would find that there is no question of fact that the operation of a private commercial fish farm clearly violates the statute and the deed restrictions. ... (I)t is clear that the intent of the state in granting the property to the County was that it remain open and used for the benefit of the general public for recreating, fishing, and historical purposes.