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Re: E-M:/ oil drilling in Lake Michigan, HB 4037

Enviro-Mich message from bredinj@deq.state.mi.us

In the late 1980s, all eight Great Lakes governors (and in the early 1990s, the Province of Ontario) signed a Statement of Principle Against Oil Drilling in the Great Lakes.  The Statement reads in part: 

"... The bottomlands of the Great Lakes are the exclusive property of the states that border them and anyone wishing to drill for oil would need the express permission of the state that owns the land in question. However, we (the Great Lakes governors) agree that this precious resource should not be vulnerable to oil drilling and its attendant dangers.  Therefore, we collectively state our opposition to oil drilling in the waters of the Great Lakes or their connecting channels.   We believe this action will protect our shared resources from an unwise risk.  This document stands as evidence of our continued joint stewardship of the Great Lakes."

The governors were Blanchard-Michigan, Orr-Indiana, Earl-Wisconsin, Celeste-Ohio, Thornburgh-Pennsylvania, Thompson-Illinois, Perpich-Minnesota, and Cuomo-New York.  Not many of them are around any more.

To my knowledge, this is the only action taken regarding oil drilling on the Great Lakes.  If this is not the case, anyone, please let me know.  Thanks

Jim Bredin				Voice: 517 335 4232  
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Office of the Great Lakes		email: bredinj@deq.state.mi.us
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State of Michigan 			Lansing, MI 48909-7873

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