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Re: E-M:/ MI Court Shuts-Off State & Merit Energy Co.

------------------------------------------------------------------------- Enviro-Mich message from RC ------------------------------------------------------------------------- It would appear that one would have good reason to question the motivation of the DEQ, and the governor that holds its leash.

Robert Cowling
Michigan Environ-Mental-ist

At 08:48 PM 5/30/2007, Terry Swier wrote:

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Date: May 30, 2007


Contacts: Rusty Gates, President

Anglers of the AuSable, Inc.


Jim Olson or Jeff Jocks, Attorneys

Traverse City

231-946-0044 office

231-499-8831 cell

Susan Hlywa Topp, Attorney



Michigan Court Shuts-Off State and Merit Energy Co. Plan to Discharge Millions of Gallons

of Oil-Field Waste Water into Headwaters of the AuSable River


A Michigan trial judge issued a 32-page opinion and order on Tuesday, May 29th, blocking an

attempt by an oil company and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to use

Kolke Creek as a drainage way for the discharge of 1.15 million gallons per day of treated waste

water. Kolke Creek forms the headwaters of Michigan?s famed AuSable River and the proposed

discharge was to come from a large contaminated groundwater plume from Michigan?s oil patch

located in the Manistee River watershed.
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