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Oil and Gas
1:04 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Encana leaving Michigan

A leading producer of natural gas in Michigan is pulling out. Encana is a Canadian company that spearheaded a recent boom in drilling for shale gas in the state.

Encana has drilled most of the wells in Michigan using the method known in the industry as horizontal hydraulic fracturing. It is sometimes referred to as fracking.

These wells are expensive--millions of dollars per well, rather than hundreds of thousands for conventional wells--use huge volumes of water and tap into natural gas deposits at depths that were not explored here until 2010.

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Saturday Radio Diary
8:05 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Pot Bound

I’ve had a Christmas Cactus in my east window for a long while which blossoms about once a year—never on Christmas.  It started out as one of those little grocery store plants that are always for sale at the holidays.

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Michigan Environment
12:22 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Threat of heavy oil at Straits worries environmental groups

Credit David Cassleman

An oil pipeline spanning the Straits of Mackinac continues to cause concern among many groups in Michigan.

Enbridge’s Line 5 is more than 60-years-old – and critics say it needs to be replaced or removed.

Now environmental leaders are worried the pipeline could one day carry heavy crude oils – like tar sands – into the Great Lakes region.

That's a future they want to avoid.

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Michigan Arts & Culture
10:31 am
Fri September 19, 2014

We ask how to paint a quilt, as northern Michigan opens its latest barn quilt tourist trail

"The Windmill" quilt from John & Darlene Fuhrman.
Mason County Barn Quilt Trail

Mason County dedicates northern Michigan's latest heritage tourism trail today. It's the latest in a series of so-called "barn quilt trails" that have popped up around the region. As you can see from the images in our slideshow (above), the quilts center on a variety of themes important to the family who builds them, anything from national pride and cultural heritage, to something reminiscent of the region. 

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Dark Sky Park
7:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Autumn Equinox

Autumn Equinox is next Monday evening, September 22nd. Equinox, from the Latin, means “equal night” and is the time when it appears that the Sun crosses the plane of the Earth’s equator.

But how do we know it’s Equinox? Who’s measuring, and how do they do it?

Measuring time and our place in the universe is an ancient task. Many areas of our world are populated with the ruins of what can rightly be called “astronomical observatories”, designed specifically for timekeeping. Think of StoneHenge in England or the Great Pyramid at Giza.

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