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Dirty Drilling: The Treat of Oil and Gas Drilling in Michigan's Great Lakes

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Publication Date: February 2002

Publisher(s): PIRGIM Education Fund

Author(s): Brian Clark; Tony Dutzik

Funder(s): Beldon Fund

Funder(s): Beldon Fund

Topic: Energy (Petroleum industry)
Environment (Pollution and environmental degradation)

Keywords: oil drilling; water pollution

Type: Report

Coverage: Michigan


Permitting drilling in the Great Lakes for oil and gas would threaten Michigan's economy, environment, and health. Both offshore drilling--currently banned in Michigan--and directional drilling in the Great Lakes pose unacceptable risks and hazards. Drilling in Michigan's Great Lakes would have significant long-term and short-term negative impacts on the lake's watershed, regardless of the drilling method employed.