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WMUK News
11:57 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Oil-for-Carbon Bills Signed

State Rep. Aric Nesbitt speaks during the bill signing ceremony at WMU's Geological Repository.
Credit Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

State Representative Aric Nesbitt says new laws on oil drilling will benefit Michigan’s economy and its environment. That’s because they promote carbon sequestration as a way to squeeze oil from underused wells.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed House Bills 4885, 5254, 5255 and 5274 at the Western Michigan University Geological Repository Tuesday morning.

Operators pump carbon dioixde gas down a well to force oil to rise to the surface. The gas is meant to stay underground indefinitely, out of the atmosphere where it would contribute to the greenhouse effect.

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