page updated 10/2/03
... a feeling experienced when
you know something is blatantly wrong,
and no-one seems to be doing anything
There's just something about the outdoors
and nature that draws us to it. Its so intoxicating, it keeps
us coming back for more. Be it a walk in the woods, fishing
at the dock in town, or sitting on the porch in the evening. It sort
of "grounds" us,, it makes us feel good,,,Naturally.
Even the modern medical community finally
acknowledge its comforting and healing affects. We cannot deny the vital
importance of a healthy environment both in our homes and outside the door.
Acres upon acres of thriving
being sacrificed, as well as
our Quality of Life
photo by Bud Shaw ©
Below you will find the submitted
Bill Revision Request sent to Rep. Kolb (Ann Arbor) in the fall of 2002
by the Michigan Environmental Council
We must insist our legislators use common
sense in recognizing the urgency to enforce existing rules and laws concerning
the practice of the Oil & Gas Industry as well as to create new rules
and or laws that ensure the quality of life for all plant, bird, animal
and people residing in and around the Industry activities.
The DEQ needs more Field Officers as to effectively
police all the well sites and pipelines on a frequent basis.
Enforce existing rules & laws concerning
noise and environmental impact. Nuisance noise to be
eliminated both on state land & public owned lands - possible comprimise
of nighttime shutdown of compressor facilities until an imposed 'state
of the art' technology has been installed to reduce to an absolute minimum
or totally eliminate nuisance noise
Endangered species / water quality disturbance
/ environmental impact study (possibly in conjuction with MSU for field
study on the environmental affect of the industry - ie: bald eagle nesting
sites & other endangered species nesting sites and or breeding grounds,
160 acre well spacing must not be comprimised.
Regulations in extraction total units to ensure
our Futures' right to also prosper from this valuable resource. Imagine
if tomorrow someone said "no more oil left". Our every day existence relies
on oil based products manufactured, plastics and fuel to heat our
homes or run our vehicles. Developement of clean operating solar or wind
power. This technology must be instated to ensure the future generations
accessibility to manufacture & obtain the many "things" needing the
oil base for their chemical makeup.
We've dramatically reduced the earths oil resources
in these passed 100 years.
More and more of our infant children will grow and
live in the world we leave behind us in our 'todays'.
Let us respect and take care of their inheritance
Hoarding of extracted resources by
private/government storage facilities should be prohibited.
This only secures the financial monopoly of current companies and individuals.
Let us not allow a repeat performance as that of the Rockefeller Era.
This area is not forfeiting the quality
of life merely to the common change that occurs with what one may consider
a 'normal' community growth.
your turn to make some noise
We are forfeiting our quality of life to gluttonous
business practice where billions are profited at the people's expense as
also that of the fragile ecosystem we live amidst.
.Help make difference.
Start by voicing your thoughts that have been contained to living
rooms or grocery store lines.
your Representatives, .support Environmental groups such as Michigan
Environmental Counsel who go to bat for us in the Legislation process
or simply post
your Voice here. By doing any of these things, you are showing you
do care. Many of us feel defeated as we've lived with this for years now.
I'd rather think of it as we were just resting up and collecting more reasons
on why things need changing.
Please, do not sit idle.
Help make the difference.
Michigan Environmental Council
Posted letters and emails sent by people like
Visitor comments both Pro & Con welcome
of how the Industry practice has affected
your life. It will be posted in 'Voices'
Why more DEQ Field Officers & strict enforcement
names and links of people
within the DEQ, State Legislation,
Pro Environmental Groups and more..
visit their website -
see what they do,
see what you can do too
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