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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>

AP's Malcolm Johnson reports on the Senate inaction on Great Lakes drilling


It is one thing for Legilsators to say honestly that they don't intend to
block the Governor's pigheaded determination to give his buddies in the oil
industry access to publicly owned mineral resources under the Great Lakes,
but it is quite another to pretend that refusal to act on proposals that
would hold off drilling now does anything other than guarantee the drilling
will go ahead.  Perhaps the post-term limits legislators aren't aware that
the Governor set the ultimate precedent by leaning on the Legislature to pay
out almost $100 million to "settle" the Nordhouse Dunes oil and gas takings
issues in the mid-1990's, but in the Senate there are clearly those who know
that, yet claimed the option of reversing the decision to drill still
remains open today.  The idea that blocking this now undermines the Task
Force on the Great Lakes issue is even worse hog-wash -- if the inevitable
has been set on its course by legislative inaction, there is no pulling
back.  Should we understand this to mean that the political calculus is that
the public's memory will be short, especially in the time of war that seems
to be upon us?

Anne Woiwode, Staff Director
Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue
Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108

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