Gas and Oil Exploration
Michigan Trout Unlimited opposes the exploration, development, production and remediation of contamination that could have a negative impact on coldwater fisheries and their watersheds unless and until appropriate safeguards are in place to protect those fisheries and their watersheds from potential damage.
The RIVERWATCH, a Special Report on Oil & Gas
In 2010, Anglers of the Au Sable hired Jeff Alexander, an investigative journalist and author of Pandora’s Locks, to look into the state of the oil and gas industry in Michigan and its affect on our woods and streams. The project was packaged in Anglers newsletter, The RIVERWATCH, as a Special Report on Oil & Gas. It was released in mid February.
Alexander’s investigation looked at two areas, the first is the spider web of pipelines that lace through some of our most beloved watersheds and the potential threats they may contain, with a focus on the AuSable River watershed . The second area in the report is the burgeoning effect of the water intensive technique of drilling for oil and natural gas of horizontal fracking to Northern Michigan. For the neophyte, it is a comprehensive introduction to the threat of oil and gas exploration and recovery to Michigan’s wild places. To those more conversant with the problem, the report will expand their knowledge base and help focus their concerns for the future.
If you care about coldwater conservation in our state this is a must read!