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E-M:/ Forest Service approval of Mason Tract drilling: "Unadulterated baloney"



Au Sable-area drilling OK'd

Conservation groups vow to fight gas well under Mason Tract

February 2, 2005

BY HUGH McDIARMID JR.
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

Natural gas drilling in some of the Lower Peninsula's last true wilderness was OK'd by federal regulators late Tuesday. Conservation groups immediately promised a last-ditch appeal.

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"After the proposed drilling operation is completed and the area restored as required, visitors to the Mason Tract would not be able to see or hear the operations of the well or the production facility," wrote Leanne Marten, forest supervisor for the Huron-Manistee National Forests in a news release Tuesday.

"Unadulterated baloney," replied Marvin Roberson, forest policy specialist with the Sierra Club's Michigan chapter.

He said the group, likely in tandem with the Anglers of the Au Sable organization, would appeal the decision within 90 days. Other groups may also file appeals, he predicted.

 

http://www.freep.com/news/mich/drill2e_20050202.htm

 

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Anne Woiwode, Director, Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter

109 East Grand River Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906

517-484-2372, fax 517-484-3108  www.michigan.sierraclub.org