June 2014

Scio Township Citizens Mark Their Territory to Stop Oil Drilling, Michigan LCV Delivers the Message

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters delivered its Mark Your Territory map to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), which shows nearly 200 Scio Township residents who staked their claim and pledged to abstain from leasing their mineral rights to an oil and gas company. The map is a visual representation of the strong community opposition to West Bay Exploration’s permit application to drill an exploratory oil well less than a mile from the Huron River in Washtenaw County. Michigan LCV said its Mark Your Territory map is a tool for local residents to organize and stand up to state law that allows permits for drilling and mining to trump local control.

Michigan House of Representatives passes energy efficiency bill, signals real progress on a Great Michigan priority

The Michigan House of Representatives voted today to pass a bill that makes energy efficiency upgrades more accessible for customers of municipal utilities. House Bill 5397 passed with nearly unanimous, bipartisan support by a vote of 108 to 2. State Representatives Goike (R - Ray Township) and Franz (R - Onekama) voted against the bill. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters said the vote marked progress on a priority issue for Great Michigan, a coalition of almost 40 environmental and conservation groups across the state including Michigan LCV.

House Energy and Technology Committee Votes to Make Energy Efficiency More Accessible and Affordable

The Michigan House Energy and Technology Committee voted today to make energy efficiency improvements for customers of municipal utilities more affordable and accessible. The Committee passed HB 5397, sponsored by Joe Haveman (R - Holland), with an almost unanimous vote. The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) supports the legislation, which allows customers of municipal utilities to pay back loans for energy efficiency home improvements through installments on monthly energy bills.

Proposed EPA Carbon Rules Would Accelerate Transition from Coal to Clean Energy, Michigan LCV Plans Robust Field Effort in Support

The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) commended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today for proposing strong, common sense rules to reduce harmful emissions from coal-fired power plants, which are the largest source of carbon pollution in the country. The EPA’s recommendations spark a kick-off of a statewide Michigan LCV program to mobilize Michigan citizens in support of the stronger air quality standards.