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The Maumee River does not begin.
One Saturday in June, I drove around the southern edge of Lake Michigan with Thomas Frank, an activist from East Chicago, Indiana, looking for oil. We had met a few weeks previous, at a conference put on by the Freshwater Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where Frank was on a panel about oil pipelines.
Two hundred feet below the surface of the Straits of Mackinac, oil is moving through the Great Lakes.
My great-grandfather was nearly 60 years old when he dug a basement in his backyard and built part of a house on top of it.