Michigan League of Conservation Voters

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4:59 am
Wed July 16, 2014

State Seeks Public Comment On Proposed Fracking Rules

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The Michigan League of Conservation Voters says now is the time for those concerned about how the state regulates hydraulic fracturing to speak up.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is holding public hearings to get input on proposed rules regarding "fracking". 

Jack Schmitt is deputy director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.  He says the rules as proposed fall far short.

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5:12 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Washtenaw County's Representatives In Lansing Do Well On Environmental Scorecard

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Washtenaw County's legislative representatives continue to score highly in the Michigan League of Conservation Voters annual Environmental Scorecard.

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. 

Senator Warren was singled out for her support of legislation to update and increase fees for hunting and fishing licenses.

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Environment
8:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

1st Friday Focus On The Environment: Newly Proposed Michigan Regulations On Fracking

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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.

David Fair interviews fracking expert Jaque Rose, co-founder of the activist group Friends of the AuGres Watershed.

    

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WEMU News
7:06 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Reaction To President's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goal

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DTE Energy says it's committed to reducing greenhouse gas emmissions, but says coal will continue to be an important fuel for energy generation.

President Barack Obama wants carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants cut by 30 percent by 2030.

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. 

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WEMU News
7:51 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Michigan League Of Conservation Voters Applauds Great Lakes Mutual Aid Compact

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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.

Patty Birkholz is Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.  She says working together is good.

"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.

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WEMU News
8:33 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Michigan League Of Conservation Voters Leery Of Drilling Plans

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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.

Deputy Director Jack Schmidt says drilling operations bring with them problems like construction, trucks, and fumes and odors.

"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.

Schmidt says if oil spills, it can cause problems for local waterways.

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Environment
8:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

First Friday Focus On The Environment: Standing Opposed To A Gravel And Mining Pit Near Chelsea

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MLCV Executive Director Lisa Wozniak explores the potential repercussions of a proposed gravel and mining pit near the Waterloo-Pinckney Recreation Area.

Lyndon Township officials will soon be tasked with deciding upon a special land-use permit which would allow for  a new gravel and mining pit. 

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Environment
7:22 am
Fri March 7, 2014

1st Friday Focus On The Environment: The Threat Of Oil Pipelines

Enbridge oil pipeline that burst and spilled more than 800-thousand gallons of oil in The Kalamazoo River
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Water is one of the most important natural resources in Michigan. As a Great Lakes state, 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.  

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 WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.  

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Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak and Beth Wallace, Community Outreach Coordinator at the National Wildlife Federation's great Lakes Regional Center discuss the hazards of so many oil pipelines around Michigan's waterways.

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7:21 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Speaking Out on Cut in Great Lakes Restoration Funding

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The Michigan League of Conservation Voters is criticizing President Barack Obama's decision to cut funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. 

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Environment
9:36 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

League of Conservation Voters on Governor's Renewable Energy Report

Governor Snyder has released a new report that shows that Michigan has the ability to move towards more usage of renewable energy.  

Jack Schmitt is the Deputy Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.

He says the Snyder Administration's report shows we have the potential to triple our current renewable energy goal.

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.

Environment
3:16 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Michigan's Energy Future

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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. 

This month, our guest is Dan Scripps. Dan is a former State Representative and current President of the  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.

Michigan's Energy Future: That's the topic on WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment.

1st Friday Focus on the Environment for 11/01/2013

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Environment
8:14 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Michigan's Renewable Energy Efforts Paying Off

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Michigan's investment in renewable energy is paying off, according to a new energy efficiency report from Governor Rick Snyder's office

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.

Click to listen to Bob's report.

Environment
8:54 am
Fri August 2, 2013

1st Friday Focus on the Environment: Fracking

On the 1st Friday of every month, WEMU allots nearly 20-minutes to dedicate to a topic of environemtnal importance.

David Fair co-hosts the segment with Lisa Wozniak. Lisa is the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.  Their guest, this time around, is Jacque Rose, and the topic of discussion is the controversial process of hydraulic  fracturing, or "fracking." 

Jacque is a paralegal who has specialized in civil litigation in Michigan for 27 years. She first became interested in  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. Jacque's leadership and activism has landed her a nickname: "The Erin Brockovich of Fracking."

Exploring the potential dangers of fracking in Michigan

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Environment
7:58 am
Fri July 5, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: Great Lakes

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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.

July's installment of WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment.

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Environment
8:02 am
Fri June 7, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment: The Great Lakes and Michigan Waterways

  On the first Friday of every month, WEMU sets aside 20-minutes to thoroughly discuss an issue of environmental importance.  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.

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First Friday Focus on the Environment
8:36 am
Fri May 3, 2013

First Friday Focus on the Environment

The Obama administration wants to continue funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at its current level of $300 million, but is it enough?  This month's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines how the initiative has helped the Great Lakes.  Our guest is the Executive Director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, Andy Buchsbaum.

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News
7:58 am
Fri August 3, 2012

WEMU's 1st Friday Focus on the Environment

This month marks the one-year anniversary of  "River Up!"  It'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  1st Friday,  WEMU's David Fair, Michigan League of Conservation Voters Executive Director Lisa Wozniak and Huron River Watershed Council Deputy Director Elizabeth Riggs, discuss "River Up!"