Environment

Wind turbines stand tall above a farm field
courtesy of Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy says it will stop using coal by 2040 and get 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources. The company’s remaining five coal plants employ about 500 people. It shuttered seven of its facilities two years ago.

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UPDATE: According to multiple county officials, at this time, the county has decided not to move forward with Wolverine Oil and Gas' proposal to survey Scotts Mill County Park. 

A company wants to look for oil and gas at Scotts Mill County Park in Scotts, Michigan. The Kalamazoo County Parks Commission made a motion to get more information about Wolverine Oil and Gas's plans to survey the park. The commission is an advisory board and does not officially approve such surveys. 

Governor Rick Snyder - file photo
Cheyna Roth, Michigan Public Radio Network / Michigan Public Radio Network

(MPRN-Lansing) Governor Rick Snyder has called for an assessment on water bills to help pay for fixing pipes and other infrastructure. A plan rolled out Thursday would add a dollar every year to most water bills for five years. 

File photo of the South Haven lighthouse
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(MPRN-South Haven) Governor Rick Snyder says a new shipping lock in Joliet, Illinois is needed to stop Asian carp from making their way from the Mississippi River system to the Great Lakes. But, Snyder says it’s taking too long to get the project started.  

Overlooking the dunes in the Saugatuck area (File photo: 2010)
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

A controversial marina is one step closer to being built in the protected Saugatuck dunes area. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently approved permits for the 300-acre private development. It’s the same site as the resort proposed by the late oil and gas mogul Aubrey McClendon. 

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