Monthly Archives: August 2010

Zodiac Float sponsored by Jug-and-Mug Ski Club September 11

 

SCHEDULE:

2 PM Float on the Grand River,

Bunker Road Landing to River Bend or Berkshire Park.Canoe or kayak available to rent at Berkshire.  $12/canoe, (517) 676-2233

 4 PM Zodiac Party

Gail’s  House 

6 PM

Dinner, bring a dish 

8 PM

Campfire 

10 PM

Bed check 

9 AM

Breakfast, $3.00 camp and breakfast fee 

Noon

Departure 

Football Schedule

MSU Noon TV game at Ford Field

UM   3:30   TV game, Gail will have a television ON!

For more information contact 

GAIL BURNS

6162 Nichols Road, Mason

520-906-7438

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4th Annual Pine River Base Camp Overnight (PRiBCO)

We will be camping at  Coolwater Campground www.coolwatercampground.com on Friday night, October 1, and Saturday night, October 2. It is located off M-37 about 2 miles south of M-55. From there go east at the sign for Kestelwoods Campground about 2 miles and Coolwater is on the left where the road changes from pavement to dirt. Bring a tent, food, and cooking equipment for breakfasts and dinners.

Saturday, October 2 we will meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Dobson Bridge parking lot (on top of the hill, not at the launch site) to run shuttle. There is a daily self-service fee for any vehicles parked there so bring some small bills.  We will launch from Silver Creek Campground and float back to Dobson Bridge. Bring a lunch and drinking water, plus appropriate clothing for whatever nature decides to do.

Sunday, October 3 we will meet at the Dobson Bridge launch site at 9:00 a.m. and run shuttle. We will then paddle from Dobson Bridge to Low Bridge, again bringing a lunch and drinking water. Expected time on the water each day is about 7 hours, unless the trip moves a little faster.  There are also camping opportunities at Pine River Paddlesports near Peterson Bridge. The Peterson Bridge National Forest Campground has been renovated with paved campsite parking areas and minimal tent camping space.

The Pine River is considered by some to be moderately difficult. Beginners usually have trouble with it but advanced beginner and intermediate paddlers should have no problems.

Killarney Provincial Park – Bob Dick Memorial Paddle

The trip to Killarney Provincial Park this fall will be in honor of Bob Dick, longtime canoeist and friend, who passed away last winter.  Killarney was one of his favorite locations, and if you have been there before, you know why.  The beauty and magnificence of the area is unsurpassed.  It is also where Bob would celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving Day by preparing a turkey with all of the sides in the middle of the woods. 

We will continue this tradition be meeting up in the campground at Killarney Provincial Park on Friday, October 8.  If you arrive after dark, meet us at the boat launch in the campground by 9:00 am ready to go on Saturday, October 9. 

We will paddle and portage back into the interior of the park and set up a base camp by the end of the day.  From this point everyone can plan his or her Sunday activities, as the plan is to leave the camp set up until Monday. 

Sunday evening, October 10, we will have the turkey dinner.  Bring a thanksgiving-style side dish to compliment the turkey for this group meal.  It is important to RSVP witewtr58@aol.com with your planned attendance and the side you are bringing. 

Monday, October 11 we will pack up, paddle back to the boat landing in the campground, and head back home.  

See you there!  

Jay Hanks

Canoe Registration dropped by Representative Ball

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING ANSWER TO THE LETTER I WROTE TO REPRESENTATIVE RICHARD BALL ON CANOE REGISTRATION:

Thank you for your e-mail. I was asked by one of my colleagues in the legislature to help with a package of bills concerning water and marine safety. These bills had been suggested by law enforcement personnel and the intent seemed reasonable. The bill I had in the package would have placed an obligation on owners of canoes and kayaks to obtain a registration decal similar to all other watercraft.

The cost was to be $5 for three years which certainly would not be a money maker for the State of Michigan. The two purposes were to provide a means that the owner of a canoe or kayak found drifting on a river or lake would be contacted to assure there had not been an accident and also to provide proof of ownership for a lost or stolen craft. These reasons seemed to be a good personal protection for a modest cost.

However, you, as the constituents who elected me and gave me the opportunity to serve you, had a very different opinion concerning this bill. You communicated your strong opposition to this bill with virtually all forms of written and verbal communication. The vast majority of these responses made a good case in opposing the bill . I carefully considered all of your comments.

As a result, I will not be sponsoring this bill and will vote against it if it ever comes to the House floor. I very much value your taking the time to voice your opinions on this issue or any issue.
Please remember that as a constituent, your thoughts are always welcome as I try to serve your best interests.

Sincerely,

Richard Ball

State Representative

85th District

>>> <JayHanks@aol.com> 8/12/2010 4:52 PM >>>
Dear Representative Richard Ball:

It was with a bit of surprise when I heard of your proposed House Bill 6319.  As an avid canoeist and kayaker since 1968 when I moved with my family to Michigan, I have yet to have ever seen a single canoe or kayak go floating by on the river without anyone in it.  

Seriously, Mr. Ball, I have logged over 600 days on rivers, lakes and streams since I started keeping a record in 1976.  I have never seen an empty boat floating down the river.  I have seen people fall out and have to chase after it for a minute, but your scenario of someone standing helpless and cold on the side of river desperately needing assistance because they had an accident and their boat floated away is ridiculous.  

I have run most of the major whitewater in the Eastern United States, canoed every significant river in the great State of Michigan, and extensively paddled northern Ontario, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories.  My passion for canoes and kayaks led me to help form the Lansing Oar and Paddle Club in 1987, of which I am the current President.  I paddled with the late Verlen Kruger, and helped organize the recent Grand River Expedition 2010 this past July.  Believe me when I tell you I have worn out paddles.  I give safety lectures to the public through the Club every year.  And still I have never seen an empty canoe or kayak go floating by.  

Some will write to you about not wanting more government intrusion in their lives, the poor economy in the state, the negative impact on tourism and public relations, and it being just another tax.  

Those are all valid reasons to withdraw HB 6319, but I will stand by my position that your premise is ridiculous.  

All the best,   

Jay Hanks

 PO Box 353

Perry, MI  48872

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Feds Warned Company in Michigan Spill About Pipeline

John Flesher and Mike Householder

AP

DETROIT (July 31) — U.S. regulators earlier this year demanded improvements to the pipeline network that includes a segment that ruptured in southern Michigan, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River, according to a document released Saturday.

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s regulatory arm, said it had summoned Enbridge Inc. executives in February to discuss problems with the 1,900-mile Lakehead system. Enbridge owns the pipeline that burst, sending oil into Talmadge Creek, which flows into the Kalamazoo River.

The pipeline safety agency informed Enbridge in January that it might have violated safety codes by improperly monitoring corrosion in the pipeline.

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates more than 1 million gallons of crude escaped, while the Canadian company puts the total at 820,000 gallons.

“Safety is our No. 1 priority,” Bizunesh Scott, chief counsel for the federal agency, said in a written statement. “That’s why we repeatedly pushed Enbridge to address the safety and performance of its entire Lakehead Pipeline system.”

The agency has cited Enbridge or its affiliates for 30 enforcement actions since 2002.

Enbridge spokeswoman Gina Jordan said company officials have regular meetings with the agency to discuss operations and inspection results, including the one earlier this year.

“As the largest oil pipeline system in the world with close to 15,000 miles of liquids pipelines in the U.S. and Canada, Enbridge works closely with PHMSA and all our regulators to ensure we not only meet, but exceed safety requirements,” Jordan said.

Also Saturday, EPA said it had rejected the company’s long-range cleanup plan because of “deficiencies in content and technical details.” It ordered Enbridge to submit a revised version by Monday.

In a letter to the company, the EPA said the pipeline repair section lacked a sufficient description and schedule of work to be done. It said water and sampling analysis would have to deal with odor complaints in the Marshall area the night of July 25, although Enbridge says it didn’t confirm the spill was happening until the next day.

The EPA also said wetlands, floodplain and marshes should be included in the list of downstream areas to be cleaned.

Enbridge CEO Patrick D. Daniel said the company will modify the plan to meet EPA requirements. He also said the company has submitted a separate short-term cleanup blueprint that the EPA is reviewing.

Meanwhile, company and government officials said they had located the pipeline fissure that caused the spill. Once removed, the section was expected to be taken to a National Transportation Safety Board lab for testing.

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer said the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee had begun investigating the spill.

“Enbridge needs to answer some tough questions about how this happened,” the Michigan Democrat said.

According to a timeline released Saturday by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Enbridge last year discovered 250 imperfections with the line that eventually would rupture. The company immediately fixed 35 of them but is still working on the others.

During a March meeting, Enbridge gave the agency an updated plan for dealing with the problems. But the company requested permission this month to continue operating the pipe at lower pressure – which reduces the speed and volume of oil – for 2 1/2 years to allow more time for repairs.

After an April drilling rig explosion triggered the Gulf of Mexico spill, the federal agency ordered pipeline companies to review their spill response plans. Enbridge reported July 21 that it had conducted a “thorough review and update” and concluded it was “appropriate for responding to a worst case discharge,” according to the agency’s timeline.

The agency said it would review Enbridge’s response to the Michigan spill “in light of these representations.”

Daniel and other executives have defended the company’s safety record for the Lakehead network, which transports oil between Neche, N.D., and Marysville, Mich.

The Calgary, Alberta-based company shut down the pipeline Monday and had been looking for the break since. Crews had a difficult time reaching the damaged section because it’s in a marshy, oil-covered area.

“It is highly unlikely there is any other break in the pipe” other than the one that was exposed, said Steve Wuori, an Enbridge executive vice president.

Wuori said no oil was leaking from the pipe.

Enbridge has declared the spill contained and says it is focusing solely on cleanup. The company said Saturday it was increasing the size of its team and the equipment at the site and that it has recovered more than 1.2 million gallons of combined water and oil. The mixture contained about 210,000 gallons of crude, the company said.

Daniel also said the company had begun processing claims from people directly affected by the spill. The cause of the spill remains undetermined, he said.

“We will make good on any damage caused by the incident,” he said at a news briefing.

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Flesher reported from Traverse City, Mich.