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New group forms to oppose all oil and gas drilling in Michigan

July 24, 2012

Yesterday, Ban Fracking Barry County announced a new committee, Citizens Against Drilling on Public Land (CADPL), has formed to unite citizens and groups throughout Michigan against the auction of public land for oil and gas development.

Although the committee is against fracking, its sole purpose is to oppose these biannual DNR auctions, and as such can appeal to a larger number of groups that do not deal directly with fracking. The committee is using two strategies to confront the DNR – first, to get lots of signatures on the attached petition to deliver to the DNR in person.

Second, to get organizations to sign on as a part of this “coalition,” and then present a list of organizations that oppose the auction to the DNR. Something that is not commonly known (and of course, not well advertised) is that before each DNR auction, there is a meeting to confirm that the auction will happen, where public comment is allowed. The date of this meeting has not yet been announced. CADPL’s goal would be to present the list of organizations and petition signatures at that meeting.

So, what can you do?

1. Get petitions signed!

You can download a petition at

2. Email if you are a part of or know of any organizations that you think would sign on to our mission.

3. Write to your local papers and raise awareness about this auction! It is easy for this corruption to continue when know one knows it’s happening! Make people aware that our public state land is being sold to rich private industry for oil and gas development. if you need some talking points.

It was also announced today that the Michigan DNR will be holding another public auction of land on October 24 in Lansing, with potentially 125,000 acres going up for auction.

It is not known at this point if another protest will be organized like the one in May, but we will keep you posted on any new developments or meetings to determine additional strategies.

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