Lake Michigan car ferry extends 2012 season

The S.S. Badger is extending its season on Lake Michigan in order to transport equipment for the wind power industry.
AP Wire
Sep 26, 2012

The Lake Michigan Car Ferry has reached an agreement with General Electric to operate the Badger until Nov. 2 to transport 60 wind towers. The ferry has carried more than 300 wind tower loads between Manitowoc, Wis., and Ludington this year.

Its season was previously scheduled to end Oct. 14.

Ludington Mayor John Henderson said the wind tower traffic between Wisconsin and Michigan shows the ferry is not only important to the tourism industry, but to the industrial economy as well.

The Badgers' permit that allows it to flush coal ash into Lake Michigan expires in December. Its operators are asking for more time to find an alternative to the coal ash dumping.

Comments

justsaynotonewtaxes

Why aren't we making those wind turbines right here in Michigan? Why do we give HUGE tax subsidies to power companies to install these "feel good" green projects while not insisting they be built in job starved areas like Muskegon?

horst

not made in Michigan because greedy UAW workers with their ridiculous wage packages have driven the tower manufacturers to other states or countries where wages are more in line with the type of work and talent required to make the product.

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