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Oil and gas drilling to resume beneath Lakes Huron and Michigan
Tuesday, September 18, 2001

Daily Grist News Service

Michigan natural resources officials voted on Friday to lift a four-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling beneath Lakes Huron and Michigan. Supporters said the lake-bottom deposits would boost energy supplies in the U.S. while bringing the state royalty money that could be used to purchase public land. Critics said the risks of the drilling were too great, even though it would be prohibited in "environmentally sensitive" areas. The DNR said it would take about a year to approve the first drilling permits.


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