March 2014

Michigan LCV, Conservation groups call for vigorous prosecution in collusion case that could have cost Michigan $200 million

Criminal charges against two oil companies are appropriate and should be pursued vigorously, Michigan LCV, Michigan Environmental Council, and Anglers of the Au Sable said today. Attorney General Bill Schuette has charged Encana Oil and Gas USA and Chesapeake Energy Corporation with collusion. They are alleged to have conspired to hold bid prices down in an October 2010 auction of oil and gas leases.

PetCoke Coming Soon to River Rouge? Michigan DEQ Holds Meeting This Week to Discuss

Last year, four-story high mounds of petroleum coke along the Detroit River plumed black dust into neighborhoods, over one of Michigan’s major waterways and all the way over into Canada. The City of Detroit finally ordered petcoke to be cleaned up from the site along Rosa Parks Boulevard, but the storage company responsible for housing petcoke is back for more. Detroit Bulk Storage filed a permit application to store 30-foot high piles of petcoke in River Rouge, just 8 miles downriver from the original storage site, near the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR). The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is holding a public meeting this Wednesday, March 5th to discuss community concern surrounding petcoke, and we need Michigan LCV members to be there.