NESTLE - Water Extraction from Michigan

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100% (1 vote)
No
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Total votes: 1

Hi all,

Recently, Nestle requested the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to pump out approximately 576,000 gallons daily from the Great Lakes Basin's  White Pine Springs well and this sparked great controversy.

Several public comments were made and here were the results:

Synthetic coolant leaks from power cables in Great Lakes

In the caucus we have discussed the issues of the Enbridge Line 5 that runs through the great lakes. Upon reading some news this morning I came across an article that talks about the hundreds of gallons of potentially toxic coolant fluid that have leaked from two electric power cables in the waterway that links Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The fluid is a mineral-based synthetic oil used for insulation that can be harmful if released into the environment. It is too early to know the exact damage of this event yet, but how do we prevent things like this from happening?

Should Gas Cars be Banned?

“France this week announced a bold plan to ban the sale of all fully-gasoline and diesel fuel vehicles by 2040. Other countries, like India and Norway, have expressed interest in similar plans. But could, or should, the United States implement such a policy?”

Banning Cats?

According to Smithsonian.com, Americans own about 86 million cats. That breaks down to one cat for every third household. You might also be surprised to know that cats are more popular as pets than dogs and that the vast majority of cats are confined inside. The rest of the cats are permitted outdoors, which is where our problem begins.

An average outdoor pet cat kills two animals a week. Outdoor cats have killed about 2.4 billion birds in the US per year. This is a stunning statistic that leads to a logical conclusion: house cats should be legally required to stay indoors.

Out with the Old and in with the New: Coal Power Plants going Extinct

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

With much criticism surrounding the negative effects of coal mines and coal-fired power plants, DTE has recently committed to reducing 80% of their current carbon emissions by 2050. The first step they have made in working towards this goal was opting to close three coal-fired power plants by 2023. While this is a win for the environment, many don’t understand the impacts it has on families who rely on income from working in the mines.

Deer Culls are a current...

Deer Culls are a current issue in the state of Michigan. I did my media artifact on why deer culls should end, but have recently taken a different route for my proposal. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zSX2e0Nz4-HW5kYNMDUIgM2dXyo3H5cLbj7hPfKKgkM/edit

Off-Road Vehicles and the Natural Environment

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

The natural environment in Michigan is one that is used for a multitude of purposes which has caused an increasing amount of conflict not only in Michigan, but other states as well. The rise of off-road vehicles (ORVs) has begun to create a divide between those who enjoy natural resources for its beauty and those who enjoy natural resources to utilize powered machines that many claim cause too much destruction. Because of this clash, strong opinions have been shared and much debate has occurred to limit the amount of ORV use on public land.

Global Warming

    Many people may think they understand what Global Warming is, when truly they do not know all of the facts. Global Warming, simply put, is the increase in the temperature of Earth's surface and oceans as a result of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. These gases, released when people burn fossil fuels, absorb heat that was intended to bounce off and away from the world's surface and oceans.

Michigan: No Uniform Sanitary Code

Nikhil Parvathala's picture

Today, during the Town Hall meeting, the student caucus heard Brian Steglitz, Manager of Water Treatment Services for the City of Ann Arbor, speak about Michigan's infrastructure development over the course of the 21st century.

For an overview of what was discussed, refer to the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6-ibA7Lfnm9TTJCemVub2gyMTA/view

Synthetic coolant leaks from power cables in Great Lakes

In the caucus we have discussed the issues of the Enbridge Line 5 that runs through the great lakes. Upon reading some news this morning I came across an article that talks about the hundreds of gallons of potentially toxic coolant fluid that have leaked from two electric power cables in the waterway that links Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The fluid is a mineral-based synthetic oil used for insulation that can be harmful if released into the environment. It is too early to know the exact damage of this event yet, but how do we prevent things like this from happening?

Should Gas Cars be Banned?

“France this week announced a bold plan to ban the sale of all fully-gasoline and diesel fuel vehicles by 2040. Other countries, like India and Norway, have expressed interest in similar plans. But could, or should, the United States implement such a policy?”

Banning Cats?

According to Smithsonian.com, Americans own about 86 million cats. That breaks down to one cat for every third household. You might also be surprised to know that cats are more popular as pets than dogs and that the vast majority of cats are confined inside. The rest of the cats are permitted outdoors, which is where our problem begins.

An average outdoor pet cat kills two animals a week. Outdoor cats have killed about 2.4 billion birds in the US per year. This is a stunning statistic that leads to a logical conclusion: house cats should be legally required to stay indoors.

Out with the Old and in with the New: Coal Power Plants going Extinct

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

With much criticism surrounding the negative effects of coal mines and coal-fired power plants, DTE has recently committed to reducing 80% of their current carbon emissions by 2050. The first step they have made in working towards this goal was opting to close three coal-fired power plants by 2023. While this is a win for the environment, many don’t understand the impacts it has on families who rely on income from working in the mines.

Deer Culls are a current...

Deer Culls are a current issue in the state of Michigan. I did my media artifact on why deer culls should end, but have recently taken a different route for my proposal. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1zSX2e0Nz4-HW5kYNMDUIgM2dXyo3H5cLbj7hPfKKgkM/edit

Off-Road Vehicles and the Natural Environment

Austin Priebe (TC)'s picture

The natural environment in Michigan is one that is used for a multitude of purposes which has caused an increasing amount of conflict not only in Michigan, but other states as well. The rise of off-road vehicles (ORVs) has begun to create a divide between those who enjoy natural resources for its beauty and those who enjoy natural resources to utilize powered machines that many claim cause too much destruction. Because of this clash, strong opinions have been shared and much debate has occurred to limit the amount of ORV use on public land.

Global Warming

    Many people may think they understand what Global Warming is, when truly they do not know all of the facts. Global Warming, simply put, is the increase in the temperature of Earth's surface and oceans as a result of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. These gases, released when people burn fossil fuels, absorb heat that was intended to bounce off and away from the world's surface and oceans.

Michigan: No Uniform Sanitary Code

Nikhil Parvathala's picture

Today, during the Town Hall meeting, the student caucus heard Brian Steglitz, Manager of Water Treatment Services for the City of Ann Arbor, speak about Michigan's infrastructure development over the course of the 21st century.

For an overview of what was discussed, refer to the link below:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6-ibA7Lfnm9TTJCemVub2gyMTA/view

Groundwater and Drinking Water Pollution in Michigan

Wolverine Worldwide dumped dangerous Scotchgard chemicals in multiple dumpsites in Rockford, Michigan, just outside of Grand Rapids. "The chemicals quietly polluted groundwater and drinking water wells for decades – and state and local officials are now trying to determine the scope of the problem. A cancer study is underway, and wells are being tested." 

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NESTLE - Water Extraction from Michigan

Yes
100% (1 vote)
No
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 1

Hi all,

Recently, Nestle requested the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) to pump out approximately 576,000 gallons daily from the Great Lakes Basin's  White Pine Springs well and this sparked great controversy.

Several public comments were made and here were the results:

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