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E-M:/ A public forum on slant drilling under the Great Lakes in Muskegon, Michigan



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Enviro-Mich message from Liz Vos <lvos@lakemichigan.org>
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 30, 2001

Media Advisory--Lawmakers, Environmental Groups Schedule Public Forum on
Slant Drilling in Muskegon County 

WHO:  State Rep. Julie Dennis (D-Muskegon); US Congressman Bart Stupak
(D-Menominee); Tanya Cabala of the Lake Michigan Federation; Arlin Wasserman
of the Michigan Land Use Institute.

WHAT:	A public forum on slant drilling under the Great Lakes in Muskegon,
Michigan

WHEN:	Tuesday, September 4, 2001, 6 to 9 p.m.  

WHERE:	Lake Michigan Center, GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute
		740 W. Shoreline Dr., Muskegon, MI

A group of Michigan and US lawmakers, along with two prominent environmental
groups, will hold a public forum Tuesday, September 4, 2001, 6 to 9 p.m. ,
at Lake Michigan Center at the GVSU Annis Water Resources Institute, 740 W.
Shoreline Drive, Muskegon,  to discuss legislation to prohibit further
leasing of the Great Lakes bottomlands for oil and gas exploration.

"These forums have served as a way for residents in lakeshore communities to
fight back against the state's proposal to allow more directional drilling
under the Great Lakes," said State Representative Julie Dennis (D-Muskegon).
"From Escanaba to Traverse City to Manistee, residents are opposed to this
practice, and are rallying the Natural Resources Commission to rule against
future leasing of the bottomlands."

"Directional drilling poses a threat to the water quality of the Great
Lakes, and it places heavy demands on already overburdened lakeshore areas,
because of the intensive land development required to host a directional
drilling facility," said US Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Menominee), who has
introduced federal legislation to ban directional drilling. "I urge area
residents to attend this forum to ask questions, offer opinions or share
concerns about this practice."

The forum will open with brief remarks by the lawmakers, and will include
presentations by Tanya Cabala of the Lake Michigan Federation and Mr.
Wasserman of the Michigan Land Use Institute. Persons wishing to speak at
the forum are asked to contact Representative Dennis' office at
517-373-2646. 

"Statewide polling shows that Michigan residents overwhelmingly are opposed
to more oil and gas exploration under the Great Lakes," said State Senator
Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township), Senate sponsor of the legislation to
prohibit future drilling. "New wells will not affect the prices we pay for
gasoline or natural gas. The only people who will benefit from more
directional drilling are the oil companies."

The lawmakers said the effort to ban more directional drilling is gaining
bipartisan steam. Several prominent West Michigan Republican elected
officials, including Lt. Governor Dick Posthumus, State Senator Leon Stille
(R-Spring Lake), and State Representatives Barbara Vander Veen (R-Allendale)
and Gerald Van Woerkom (R-Muskegon) have joined the effort to ban future
drilling. 

http://www.lakemichigan.org/conservation/oil_hearing.asp
Elizabeth Vos
Communications Coordinator
Lake Michigan Federation
231-722-5116



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