Potential Expansion of Saugatuck Dunes State Park?

Tags: dnr, Dunes, Michigan sand dunes, Saugatuck, state park

Our friends at the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance are hosting a Town Hall meeting to share information on current efforts to expand Saugatuck Dunes State Park.

Local Control Over Oil, Gas, and Mining: Overview and Timeline

Tags: Chelsea, gravel mining, Natural resources, oil and gas, Scio Township, Shelby Township

After strong community opposition and organizing, West Bay Exploration announced last week that they have halted oil drilling in Scio Township.

Hartwick Pines

Tags: Hartwick Pines, oil and gas, public land

The following is a letter written by Professor David Benac of Western Michigan University to Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Keith Creagh. It will be submitted on his behalf by Michigan LCV on September 5th.

Local Traverse City Businesses Meet to Discuss Energy

Tags: business, clean energy, energy efficiency, roundtable, Traverse City

Last week Traverse City business leaders gathered at Northwestern Michigan Community College’s Hagerty Center to discuss clean energy from a local, state and national perspective. This roundtable is just the latest in a series of discussions taking place across the state. The event’s panel consisted of John Sych, planning and development director for Grand Traverse County, Jack Schmitt, Deputy Director for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, and Gail Parson, Midwest States Advocate for Environmental Entrepreneurs.

Oil Company to Unveil Plan at Shelby Township Meeting

Tags: Macomb County, oil and gas, Shelby Township, West Bay Exploration

West Bay Exploration is set to attend a meeting organized in Shelby Township this Wednesday. At the meeting, representatives from West Bay will explain their actions up until now and discuss the company's plans moving forward.

Progress, but Still Work to be Done on Toxic Chemicals

Tags: PBTs, protecting america's families from toxic chemicals, toxics

Toxic flame retardants are found in most  couches sold in the U.S.

Over this past month, congress brought some of the most toxic chemicals into the national spotlight.

Grand Rapids: Looking Locally at Renewable Energy in Michigan

Tags: clean energy, grand rapids, renewable energy standards

photo: renewable energy Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids has been a leader in Michigan’s race to renewable energy. Since Public Act 295 was passed in 2008, utilities have been rushing to fulfill their obligation to generate at least 10% of their energy supply from renewable sources by 2015. To achieve this goal, utilities have been building wind turbines and solar arrays that supply renewable energy while providing jobs for the communities in which they are manufactured and built. As the push for renewable energy has heated up, we have also seen a significant decrease in its average price.

Emergency Meeting on Drilling in Shelby Township

Tags: Macomb County, oil and gas, Shelby Township, West Bay Exploration

West Bay Exploration is moving forward with another exploratory well in another Michigan community. This time they have their sights set on a parcel at 25 Mile and Dequindre in a nature preserve surrounded by residential neighborhoods. Only a few weeks ago, West Bay Exploration met fierce opposition to its proposed exploratory well in Washtenaw County's Scio Township. Now it's the people of Shelby Township's turn to stand their ground to stop drilling in their backyard.

Energy Roundtable in Marquette

Tags: business, energy, Marquette, Upper Peninsula

When it comes to the topic of energy, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has a different story to tell than most of the rest of the state. The Presque Isle coal power plant sits on the shore of Lake Superior north of Marquette. The power plant, owned by Wisconsin Energy Power Company, is slated to be retired but has been kept running due to concerns about reliable power moving forward.

Progress, but Still Work to be Done on Toxic Chemicals

Tags: PBTs, protecting america's families from toxic chemicals, toxics

Last week, congress brought some of the most toxic chemicals into the national spotlight.

MLCV Toxic Podcast: The Truth About Flame Retardants

Tags: chemicals in commerce act, flame retardants, Great Lakes, Michigan toxics, toxics

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Blog and podcast written and produced by MLCV's chemical policy intern, Allison Montambeau

As we’re lying in bed after a long day, the last thing most of us are thinking is the toxic dust coming off our favorite pillow.  Our bedrooms are a place of relaxation and rest, but what if the soft fabrics and mattresses we love are exposing us to dangerous chemicals? Well, as it turns out, they are.

Join us this Saturday: Michigan LCV office opening parties!

Michigan LCV is going big this summer. We are opening new offices and putting boots on the ground to go all in for Michigan's land, air and water and to combat climate change. To officially kick off our powerhouse grassroots campaign we are hosting parties in our new offices and you and all of your friends are invited.

Mark Your Territory in Scio Township

Tags: oil and gas, Scio Township, Washtenaw County, West Bay Exploration

An oil and gas company is asking citizens in Scio Township to sign over their mineral rights in order to drill for oil in Washtenaw County. We have heard from many of our members who ask, "What can we do to stop drilling from happening in my backyard?" The first step: Mark your territory. Just say no to signing a lease for your mineral rights. 

EPA Carbon Rules: Accelerating Michigan's Transition to Clean Energy

Tags: carbon, energy, energy efficiency, Renewable Energy

On June 2nd the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a new plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from our nation’s power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels. The rules take aim at carbon emissions from the single largest source in the United States –existing power plants. They are an important, common sense step forward in the ongoing effort to address climate change and reduce air pollution

Join us this Sunday: Michigan LCV's Benefit Concert at The Ark

Tags: concert, The Ark

Our friends at the famous Ann Arbor music venue, the Ark, have generously offered to host a Benefit Concert for Michigan LCV on Sunday, June 1st at 7 PM. Will join us to support our work as the non-partisan political voice for Michigan's land, air and water, and to hear some great music? Purchase your tickets before they are gone!