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The United States of Energy (Part 2): Concerns in Michigan and the Great Lakes

In a prior post we highlighted the recent energy boom in the U.S.  Like elsewhere, the increased attention to energy production has been felt here in Michigan but on a smaller scale. Earlier in 2013,… Read More >

Alert: Michigan’s Section 404 Wetland Program

On December 11, 2013, Region 5 of the U.S. EPA held a hearing on Michigan’s Section 404 Wetland Permitting Program.  Interested parties still have time to submit written comments to the U.S. EPA regarding its… Read More >

WHEN IT COMES TO MINERAL RIGHTS, “NO” MAY NOT MEAN “NO”

Can a property owner be forced to allow the removal of oil and gas from below the property?  In Michigan, the answer could be “yes”, regardless of whether the owner consents to it or not. … Read More >

Old Tank Sites Subject to New DEQ Initiative

The MDEQ is increasing its review of dormant but open leaking underground storage tank (“LUST”) sites.  This informal initiative is designed to resolve site status at open LUST locations.  The MDEQ is requesting access to… Read More >

Observations: MDEQ/DNR presentation on Oil and Gas production in Michigan

Last night (April 30th) I attended a public presentation in Troy on oil and gas production in Michigan put on by the DEQ and DNR. The presenters were Tom Hoane from the MDNR’s Mineral Management… Read More >

Is It Clean? – Michigan Certificates of Completion and No Further Action Letters

On December 22, 2012 Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 1328 which became effective on December 27, 2012.  The Bill amended portions of Part 201 of Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act.  Among the interesting amendments to… Read More >

NEW MDEQ DATABASE – RECORDED RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS

The Michigan Department of  Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Remediation Division in conjunction with the recommendations from the Collaborative Stakeholders Initiative (CSI) have undertaken a mapping program for plotting all the recorded land use and resource use… Read More >

Vapor Intrusion Assessment – An Overview

Introduction Redevelopment of contaminated land and land adjacent to contaminated sites can be a relatively straightforward process when you work with a good environmental consultant that understands the special risks and concerns a developer faces. … Read More >

Regulatory Reform in Michigan’s Underground Storage Tank (“UST”) Program

In May 2012, a six bill package was signed into law by Governor Snyder to amend the procedures for the cleanup of contamination caused by leaking USTs.  This bill package amends Michigan’s Part 213 (Leaking… Read More >

Kalamazoo River Oil Spill – Two Years Later

Two years ago this week an oil pipeline owned by Canadian-based Enbridge oil company and operated by Enbridge Energy Partners ruptured spilling more than a million gallons of “dilbit” crude oil into the Kalamazoo River… Read More >