FYI – >From the Rep. Gillard’s office:
Gillard: DEQ Agrees to Public Meeting on Au Sable Drilling Request
State wants local input on oil wells planned
near Mason Tract
Lansing – State Representative Matt Gillard (D-Alpena) today applauded a decision by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to hold a public meeting on an oil company’s plan to drill for oil and natural gas along the Au Sable River, regarded as one of the nation’s premier trout-fishing streams.
Hal Fitch, division chief of the of the DEQ’s Geological and Land Management Division, recently announced his agency has agreed to Gillard’s request on July 3 for the DEQ to get community input before making any decisions on a proposal by Savoy Energy of Traverse City to build exploratory wells near the Mason Tract.
The DEQ public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, August 18th at the Holiday Inn in Grayling.
“It is imperative for the DEQ to take into account the concerns of residents who own homes or businesses in Crawford County or who hunt, fish or recreate in this pristine wilderness before this project is allowed to continue,” said Gillard, whose district includes a portion of the South Branch of the Au Sable River in Crawford County.
“The primary responsibility of the DEQ is to protect and preserve Michigan’s greatest natural assets – its lakes, forests, rivers and streams – for the enjoyment of future generations,” added Gillard, who serves as Democratic Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Conservation and Outdoor Recreation.
Gillard also renewed his call for public hearings to be held by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the National Forest Service, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management so that local concerns about the drilling proposal can be heard.
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