Michigan League of Conservation Voters http://wemu.org en State Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Fracking Rules http://wemu.org/post/state-seeks-public-comment-proposed-fracking-rules <p>The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says now is the time for those concerned about how the state regulates hydraulic fracturing to speak up.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding public hearings to get input on proposed rules regarding "fracking".&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 08:59:39 +0000 Bob Eccles 48819 at http://wemu.org State Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Fracking Rules Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-countys-representatives-lansing-do-well-environmental-scorecard <p>Washtenaw County's legislative representatives continue to score highly in the Michigan League of Conservation Voters annual Environmental Scorecard.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>State Senator Rebekah Warren and Representatives David Rutledge, Jeff Irwin and Adam Zemke all scored 100 percent, while Representative Gretchen Driskell received an 85 percent rating.&nbsp;</p><p>Senator Warren was singled out for her support of legislation to update and increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses.</p><p>Find the complete scorecard online:</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:12:22 +0000 Bob Eccles 48547 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard 1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Newly Proposed Michigan Regulations On Fracking http://wemu.org/post/1st-friday-focus-environment-newly-proposed-michigan-regulations-fracking <p>1st Friday Focus on the Environment is a monthly feature on 89.1 WEMU. Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak this month looks at newly proposed state regulations for the natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. The guest this month is fracking expert Jaque Rose. Rose is co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 12:00:00 +0000 David Fair & Lisa Wozniak 46838 at http://wemu.org 1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Newly Proposed Michigan Regulations On Fracking Reaction To President's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal http://wemu.org/post/reaction-presidents-greenhouse-gas-reduction-goal <p>DTE Energy says it's committed to reducing greenhouse gas emmissions, but says coal will continue to be an important fuel for energy generation.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>President Barack Obama wants carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants cut by 30 percent by 2030.</p><p>DTE Energy says 10 percent of the electricity generated for customers in southeast Michigan will come from renewable sources by the end of this year.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 23:06:23 +0000 Bob Eccles 46766 at http://wemu.org Reaction To President's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal Michigan League Of Conservation Voters Applauds Great Lakes Mutual Aid Compact http://wemu.org/post/michigan-league-conservation-voters-applauds-great-lakes-mutual-aid-compact <p>Leaders of states and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes have agreed to a mutual aid agreement in which staff and expertise will be shared to fight invasive species like the Asian Carp.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Patty Birkholz is Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.&nbsp; She says working together is good.<br /><br />"I think it's very important because the Great Lakes belong to all of the Great Lakes region, not just one or two states or provinces," Birkholz says.</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 23:51:48 +0000 Bob Eccles & Taylor Pinson 45079 at http://wemu.org Michigan League Of Conservation Voters Applauds Great Lakes Mutual Aid Compact Michigan League Of Conservation Voters Leery Of Drilling Plans http://wemu.org/post/michigan-league-conservation-voters-leery-drilling-plans <p>A Traverse City-based company's plans to drill for oil or natural gas in Scio Township is setting off alarm bells with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Deputy Director Jack Schmidt says drilling operations bring with them problems like construction, trucks, and fumes and odors.</p><p>"The fact that this is occurring so close to potential residential areas, or could potentially be occurring close to residential areas is a concern," Schmidt says.<br /><br />Schmidt says if oil spills, it can cause problems for local waterways.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:33:25 +0000 Bob Eccles 44101 at http://wemu.org Michigan League Of Conservation Voters Leery Of Drilling Plans First Friday Focus On The Environment: Standing Opposed To A Gravel And Mining Pit Near Chelsea http://wemu.org/post/first-friday-focus-environment-standing-opposed-gravel-and-mining-pit-near-chelsea <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lyndon Township officials will soon be tasked with deciding upon a special land-use permit which would allow for&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;a new gravel and mining pit.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00:00 +0000 David Fair 43889 at http://wemu.org First Friday Focus On The Environment: Standing Opposed To A Gravel And Mining Pit Near Chelsea 1st Friday Focus On The Environment: The Threat Of Oil Pipelines http://wemu.org/post/1st-friday-focus-environment-threat-oil-pipelines <p>Water is one of the most important natural resources in Michigan. As a Great Lakes state,&nbsp;perhaps it's the most important. We are also spoiled with an amazing network of inland lakes, rivers and streams that enhance our quality of life in a myriad of ways. So, protecting this resource is something we think about often. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Invasive species, pollution and water levels are some of the frequent conversations we engage in. What we discuss less frequently is vast number of oil pipelines that run through the state of Michigan near, and sometimes under our precious waterways. That's the topic in the March edition of </span>WEMU's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>1st Friday Focus on the Environment. &nbsp;</strong></em></p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Listen Here:&nbsp;</strong></em></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 12:22:10 +0000 David Fair 42471 at http://wemu.org 1st Friday Focus On The Environment: The Threat Of Oil Pipelines Speaking Out on Cut in Great Lakes Restoration Funding http://wemu.org/post/speaking-out-cut-great-lakes-restoration-funding <p>The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is criticizing President Barack Obama's decision to cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:21:17 +0000 Bob Eccles 42404 at http://wemu.org Speaking Out on Cut in Great Lakes Restoration Funding League of Conservation Voters on Governor's Renewable Energy Report http://wemu.org/post/league-conservation-voters-governors-renewable-energy-report <p>Governor Snyder has released a new report that shows that Michigan has the ability to move towards more usage of renewable energy. &nbsp;</p><p>Jack Schmitt is the Deputy Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.</p><p>He says the Snyder Administration's report shows we have the potential to triple our current renewable energy goal.<br /><br />Schmitt also says wind energy could be an alternative for renewable energy in Michigan, reducing our dependency on the environmentally destructive method of burning coal.</p><p><br /> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 02:36:22 +0000 Bob Eccles 37277 at http://wemu.org League of Conservation Voters on Governor's Renewable Energy Report 1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Michigan's Energy Future http://wemu.org/post/1st-friday-focus-environment-michigans-energy-future <p>On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition Host David Fair partners with Michigan League of Conservation voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. Together they invite a guest to spend 20-minutes discuss a topic of environmental importance.&nbsp;</p><p>This month, our guest is Dan Scripps. Dan is a former State Representative and current President of the&nbsp; Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Today's conversation centers on progress that has been made in both energy efficiency and renewable energy usage in the state, where we are going next, and how we'll get there.</p><p>Michigan's Energy Future: That's the topic on WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment.</p><p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 19:16:12 +0000 David Fair & Lisa Wozniak 37150 at http://wemu.org 1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Michigan's Energy Future Michigan's Renewable Energy Efforts Paying Off http://wemu.org/post/michigans-renewable-energy-efforts-paying <p>Michigan's investment in renewable energy is paying off, according to a new energy efficiency report from<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/energy">&nbsp;Governor Rick Snyder's office</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:14:51 +0000 Bob Eccles 36800 at http://wemu.org Michigan's Renewable Energy Efforts Paying Off 1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Fracking http://wemu.org/post/1st-friday-focus-environment-fracking <p>On the 1st Friday of every month, WEMU allots nearly 20-minutes to dedicate to a topic of environemtnal importance.</p><p>David Fair co-hosts the segment with Lisa Wozniak. Lisa is the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.&nbsp; Their guest, this time around, is Jacque Rose, and the topic of discussion is the controversial process of hydraulic&nbsp; fracturing, or "fracking."&nbsp;</p><p>Jacque <span style="font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:13px">is a paralegal who has specialized in civil litigation in Michigan for 27 years. She first became interested in &nbsp;fracking related issues when land leasing agents descended on the tri-county area of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed in Northeast Michigan where she resides, especially in connection with potential threats to water resources. She co-founded the Friends of the AuGres-Rifle Watershed: a volunteer group dedicated to educating the public and government officials responsibly about the potential risks associated with deep shale high volume hydraulic fracturing. The group gives presentations, holds public meeting forums, and provides research materials and information to other groups throughout Michigan concerned with fracking issues.</span> Jacque's leadership and activism has landed her a nickname: "The Erin Brockovich of Fracking."</p><p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 12:54:06 +0000 David Fair & Lisa Wozniak 33044 at http://wemu.org First Friday Focus on the Environment: Great Lakes http://wemu.org/post/first-friday-focus-environment-great-lakes <p>On the first Friday of every month, WEMU Morning Edition host David Fair is joined in-studio by Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak. together they bring in the experts that can speak to issues of environmental importance. In this month's installment, the guest is Jon Allen. Jon heads up the Michigan Department of environmental Quality's Office of the Great Lakes.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 11:58:25 +0000 David Fair & Lisa Wozniak 31746 at http://wemu.org First Friday Focus on the Environment: Great Lakes First Friday Focus on the Environment: The Great Lakes and Michigan Waterways http://wemu.org/post/first-friday-focus-environment-great-lakes-and-michigan-waterways <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>On the first Friday of every month, WEMU sets aside 20-minutes to thoroughly discuss an issue of environmental importance.&nbsp; WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director co-host the segment, and this week the guest is Ann Arbor's own Lana Pollack. Lana has served as State Senator, President of the Michigan environmental Council and is currently the U-S Chair of the International Joint Commission, as appointed by President Barack Obama.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:02:23 +0000 David Fair & Lisa Wozniak 30510 at http://wemu.org First Friday Focus on the Environment: The Great Lakes and Michigan Waterways First Friday Focus on the Environment http://wemu.org/post/first-friday-focus-environment-57 <p>The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough?&nbsp; This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes.&nbsp; Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.</p><p></p> Fri, 03 May 2013 12:36:10 +0000 David Fair & Lisa Wozniak 28886 at http://wemu.org WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment http://wemu.org/post/wemus-1st-friday-focus-environment <p>This month marks the one-year anniversary of&nbsp; &quot;River Up!&quot;&nbsp; It&#39;s a community movement to embrace and celebrate the assets of the Huron River for the benefit of local economies and residents. In this installment of&nbsp; 1st Friday,&nbsp; WEMU&#39;s David Fair, Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak and Huron River Watershed Council Deputy Director Elizabeth Riggs, discuss &quot;River Up!&quot;</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:58:19 +0000 David Fair 17423 at http://wemu.org