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GLIN==> MI Gov. Engler: Stabenow Sets Precedent to Deplete Great Lakes



Engler: Stabenow Sets Precedent to Deplete Great Lakes
Contact:    Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397
Online at http://www.michigan.gov/gov/1,1431,7-103-703---M,00.html

Governor John Engler today denounced an amendment approved by an
appropriations conference committee that seeks a federal ban on state
issuance of leases or permits for directional drilling in Michigan.

"This amendment sets a terrible precedent," said Governor Engler. "Today,
Washington wants to dictate how Michigan protects the waters of the Great
Lakes. Tomorrow, Washington could well dictate who gets the water."

Sponsored by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, the amendment surrenders the
long-standing Michigan policy that the state manages the control of the
lakes and give it to committee rooms in Congress in Washington, D.C.

"While this amendment may advance the Senator's political goals, it does
nothing to protect Michigan's natural resources. Unlike Michigan, Canada
permits drilling platforms and producing wells in the lakes. Obviously, if
drilling is a risk, the wells drilled in the lake would be the obvious
starting point."

Engler noted that directional drilling, which has taken place in Michigan
for over 20 years under three governors of both parties, has not been found
by Michigan's Environmental Science Board to be an environmental risk.



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