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Protests planned next week for the Auction of State Lands for Oil & Gas leasing in Michigan

May 4, 2012

Much of the following information comes from Mary Ann Lesert.

At a May 1st meeting in Barry County a DEQ geologist proclaimed there is no environmental risks with fracking for natural gas in Michigan. Plenty of people are disagreeing with that assessment.

To demonstrate their disagreement there are organized efforts to stop the sale of public lands, one step necessary for fracking to take place across the state. People with the group Ban Fracking Michigan and other local grassroots efforts are calling for the following actions to take place around the state:

  • On May 8 the MI DNR will auction mineral rights for oil & gas leasing to 109,000 acres of state (public) land – including nearly all of the Yankee Springs Recreation Area (23,400 acres in Barry County) and portions of the Lake Orion Recreation Area in Oakland County. Land in 23 Counties is being offered.
  • May 7: Occupy the MI DNR Call-In Day – May 7 through May 8 Event Link
  • May 7: Kalamazoo – Mineral Rights Protest March – 4:00pm Event Link
  • May 8: Lansing – Auction Protest & Rally for “Let’s Ban Fracking” MI Ballot Initiative. Location: Constitution Hall, 525 West Allegan, Lansing, MI
Time: Gather at 7:30am or after – Bring Ban Fracking / Save Public Land signs. Auction: Bidders Register at 8:00 am / Auction Begins at 9:00am
Parking: Garages at the building (Allegan and Pine) & Allegan and Capitol.

“Let’s Ban Fracking” Petitions for a Ballot Initiative to Ban Fracking in Michigan will be on site May 8th.
Make sure you sign the just-launched petition.

MI DNR Bid Documents – Map and Parking Directions

MI DNR Auction Page – Check out the County Maps of Land Being Auctioned

Our Purpose: To let the DNR know that inviting oil & gas development on public land is not what we expect of a department that is supposed to protect and conserve.

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