3:37 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Judge dismisses anti-fracking lawsuit

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An environmental group filed suit challenging oil and gas leases in areas of Barry County that were auctioned off by the state, but the judge ruled that the action was premature.
HASTINGS, MI - A Barry County Circuit Court judge has ruled against a nonprofit group that was seeking to have oil and gas leases set aside in Southwest Michigan state game reserves.
8:53 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Michigan Chamber of Commerce launches voter education campaign supporting fracking

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Chamber president says he wants to educate voters on importance of natural gas and danger of petition drive to ban fracking
LANSING - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has launched a statewide campaign to promote fracking and oppose a potential ballot proposal aimed at banning the practice. The business group, which previously came out in support of fracking, has taken it a step further with billboards and an online campaign called "Protect Michigan's Energy Future."
6:35 am
Tue July 30, 2013

Decision on fracking lawsuit expected in three weeks

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Lawsuit alleges state violated law by not assessing environmental impact before auctioning oil and gas rights
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
Circuit Court Judge Amy McDowell she would issue a written opinion within 21 days on whether to grant the state's motion for summary disposition in a lawsuit challenging oil and gas leases sold by the state at auction in 2012 in the Allegan State Game Area, the Barry State Game Reserve and Yankee Springs Parks and Recreation Area.
1:49 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Environmentalists criticize fracking plan

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The company behind the plan says it's focusing on sites in the northern Lower Peninsula.
LANSING - A proposal to draw natural gas from as many as 500 wells in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula by using hydraulic fracturing is attracting attention from environmentalists. The Detroit News reports Monday that Calgary, Alberta-based Encana Corp. proposed the wells. Spokesman Doug Hock says the company is "in the early stages" of new drilling in Michigan.
7:31 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Lawsuit over fracking to be heard Monday in Barry County

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Non-profit Michigan Land Air Water Defense brought suit against Michigan Department of Natural Resources and its director
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
HASTINGS, MI - Should fracking be allowed in Southwest Michigan's public game reserves without the state assessing the likely environmental impact first? That question is at the heart of a case to be heard Monday in Barry County.