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disrupter
07-12-2008, 02:06 PM
US judge blocks gas drilling in Michigan forest

By JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press Writer Sat Jul 12, 6:35 AM ET


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -
A federal judge has overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow oil and gas drilling near a forest and a river in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson of Detroit ruled Thursday the agency had acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in 2005 by giving Savoy Energy LP of Traverse City a permit to drill
an exploratory well near the Au Sable River's south branch.

The proposed wellhead would be located in the Huron-Manistee National Forest about three-tenths of a mile from the Mason Tract, a 4,679-acre wilderness area prized by anglers and other outdoor recreationists.

Forest supervisor Leanne Marten said when approving Savoy's application that the project wouldn't significantly harm the environment and the company would be required to keep noise to a minimum.

But the judge ruled the Forest Service didn't consider how degrading the area could harm tourism, and said the agency did a "woefully inadequate" job of evaluating how the drilling might affect the Kirtland's warbler, an endangered songbird that nests in the area.

Two environmental groups, the Sierra Club and Anglers of the Au Sable, sued the government to halt the drilling.
Joining the suit was Tim Mason, whose grandfather,

auto executive George Mason, donated the original 1,200 acres to the state upon his death in 1954 and asked that it be maintained as wilderness.

"The ruling supports what my grandfather's vision was. It's a victory," said Mason, a Woodstock, Ill., businessman.

Huron-Manistee spokesman Ken Arbogast referred a request for comment to the U.S. Department of Justice, which represented the Forest Service in court. Andrew Ames, a spokesman for the department, said its attorneys were studying Lawson's ruling and had not decided whether to appeal.

A message seeking comment was left with Savoy.

Leaders of the environmental groups urged the company and the government to look for other places to explore for oil and gas.

"We've said from the beginning we didn't want to stop them from drilling," said Marvin Roberson, a forest policy specialist with the Sierra Club. "We want them to drill from a place that won't be harmful to the old-growth forest or the recreational experience."

Although the Mason Tract is state property, the federal government owns rights to minerals beneath it and leased production rights to Savoy. In 2003, the company filed for a permit to drill into one of its lease holdings.

The plan was to clear about 3.5 acres of forest for a well site on federal land, then drill beneath the Mason Tract at an angle. If enough gas or oil was found, the company intended to install a pipeline and build a production facility about a mile east of the well.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management approved the project shortly after the Forest Service granted the permit. But it has been on hold since Lawson issued an order in December 2005 blocking the company from clearing land to get started.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080712/ap_on_re_us/gas_drilling;_ylt=AhlPHiPdB_.gkHpZWDSNNxKs0NUE

The man donated the property to be wilderness.
Oil junkies seem to have respect for nothing.

If the state breaks its promise to the donor should it forfeit the property back to his heirs?

Judges showing judgment in spite of our government's corrupted incest with corporations & mindless greed.

Thank you for being one of the few to say no in the land of harlots.

Frankg
07-12-2008, 03:10 PM
Clinton-Appointed Judge Blocks Michigan Drilling- Might Affect Warbler Populations

Clinton judge blocks drilling.
http://bp1.blogger.com/_L6pDyjqqsvY/SHjvHZEKUxI/AAAAAAAAO9c/O7rTwN9pe5E/s200/warbler.JPG (http://bp1.blogger.com/_L6pDyjqqsvY/SHjvHZEKUxI/AAAAAAAAO9c/O7rTwN9pe5E/s1600-h/warbler.JPG)
He wants more studies done on the impact on Kirtland's warbler (http://www.flickr.com/photos/wrwhaley/2166595119/)first.

More evidence that judges matter...
District Judge David Lawson blocked oil drilling in Michigan on Thursday saying the the drilling might affect the Kirtland's warbler, an endangered songbird.
FOX News (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,381254,00.html) reported:


A federal judge has overturned a decision by the U.S. Forest Service to allow oil and gas drilling near a forest and a river in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

http://bp1.blogger.com/_L6pDyjqqsvY/SHjeVUh6a1I/AAAAAAAAO9U/5bL4OFwtiI8/s200/David+M.+Lawson.jpg (http://bp1.blogger.com/_L6pDyjqqsvY/SHjeVUh6a1I/AAAAAAAAO9U/5bL4OFwtiI8/s1600-h/David+M.+Lawson.jpg) U.S. District Judge David Lawson of Detroit (pictured) ruled Thursday the agency had acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" in 2005 by giving Savoy Energy LP of Traverse City a permit to drill an exploratory well near the Au Sable River's south branch.

The proposed wellhead would be located in the Huron-Manistee National Forest about three-tenths of a mile from the Mason Tract, a 4,679-acre wilderness area prized by anglers and other outdoor recreationists.

Forest supervisor Leanne Marten said when approving Savoy's application that the project wouldn't significantly harm the environment and the company would be required to keep noise to a minimum.

But the judge ruled the Forest Service didn't consider how degrading the area could harm tourism, and said the agency did a "woefully inadequate" job of evaluating how the drilling might affect the Kirtland's warbler, an endangered songbird that nests in the area.


David M. Lawson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_M._Lawson)is a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He was nominated by President Bill Clinton on August 5, 1999.
http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/

Smurf-Herder
07-12-2008, 03:17 PM
Yeah, we humans have to suffer economic hardship, so we won't disturb the quiet for the birds.

There's always a reason to screw the humans, isn't there?


Stop worshipping animals - and just eat them.

Frankg
07-12-2008, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by disrupter
If the state breaks its promise to the donor should it forfeit the property back to his heirs
As is stated in your own post , the feds own the mineral rights and Savoy only needs to clear 3.5 acres out off 5300 that comprise the Mason Tract, to drill at transverse angle under the land in question.

Dale escondido
07-12-2008, 04:10 PM
Yeah, we humans have to suffer economic hardship, so we won't disturb the quiet for the birds.

There's always a reason to screw the humans, isn't there?


Stop worshipping animals - and just eat them.

Little harsh but I agree,
Just got back from a couple weeks in oil land texas, and the wind farms in sweetwater texas I think the town was?
The sky was clear the wind was sweet and the grass was green.
It was horrible.

doctordog
07-12-2008, 04:51 PM
Little harsh but I agree,
Just got back from a couple weeks in oil land texas, and the wind farms in sweetwater texas I think the town was?
The sky was clear the wind was sweet and the grass was green.
It was horrible.

It does sound bad, how did you survive?:lmao2:

disrupter
07-13-2008, 11:16 AM
A judge who cares about birds & other living things,

and not just human meat.

Smurf-Herder
07-13-2008, 11:28 AM
A judge who cares about birds & other living things,

and not just human meat.

So, you're one of the "Anti-humans".

A traitor to your own species.

Moby
07-13-2008, 11:33 AM
So the land is donated to the state on the condition that it be preserved. The state agrees and now we want to go back on the offer.

I don't give a damn about those birds.

If the judge were to ignore the original conditions then wouldn't he be legislating from the bench? It sounds like he's honoring the original agreement. We may not like it but it does sound like that was the original deal.

disrupter
07-13-2008, 11:33 AM
No, enlightened, hard working, intelligent, & considerate humans are good.

Stupid meat with human DNA is NOT.

Are you more than thoughtless, walking talking meat or not?

disrupter
07-13-2008, 11:35 AM
I will not be enslaved to your stupidity because you happen to have human DNA.

Trust me dear, something else, INTELLIGENT will evolve to roll and smoke your entire stupid species.

disrupter
07-13-2008, 11:36 AM
To those to whom much is given, much is equally expected.

If you think your DNA is your magic freeload carpet ride, Newsflash.

I will bitchslap your lazy ass into the final universe.

Smurf-Herder
07-13-2008, 11:39 AM
I will not be enslaved to your stupidity because you happen to have human DNA.

Trust me dear, something else, INTELLIGENT will evolve to roll and smoke your entire stupid species.


If you think the animals somehow have superior DNA, then let them save themselves.

disrupter
07-13-2008, 11:46 AM
I am sure many of them will,
but trust me, they will not be as pleasant as the birds you are ready to sacrifice for your gas guzzling SUVs & inefficient energy systems.

You are so 'lowest common denominator'.

You have no nobility, you are only capable of destruction & not of creative production.
You reproduce endless repetition of mindless monotony.

If you are God's chosen species, he must have incredibly low standards.
No honor, no nobility, no vision, no aspirations,
just knee jerk reflexes.

Why do YOU keep breathing?
I guess because it is a compulsive reflex.
Certainly it is no source of imagination, delicacy or a rich mental life.
You are just a corporate product molded slug, who uses the claim of human DNA to rationalize your pitiful, mechanical existence.
<shudder>

disrupter
07-13-2008, 11:47 AM
If you don't take care of the pleasant stuff, all you are going to have left is the nastiest of shit.

I guess you may not know any different.

You have the soul of dust.
In your case the bible is right, & to dust ye shall return.

Mr, gone
07-13-2008, 05:46 PM
Humans are going to breed themselves out of exsistence. At least 'solent green' won't happen in my lifetime.

SeedyROM
07-14-2008, 03:24 AM
Maybe the tree huggers will accept a horizontal drill since this method can drilled from up to 2 miles away. Let them drill from a half mile or so and if it helps, build a freakin fence on the road side.

disrupter
07-14-2008, 06:37 AM
Global warming will extinguish us as it did 247 millions ago to 90% of fossil species.
Maybe our percentage will be much closer to 100%.

God you people are SO fucking addicted to current corporate lifestyle [aspirations].

We need some minds that are so creative they border on magic.
Transcendently creative.

do you want to live in a world without trees & birds & other splendid living things?

Just how dead is your soul?

doctordog
07-14-2008, 01:19 PM
Global warming will extinguish us as it did 247 millions ago to 90% of fossil species.
Maybe our percentage will be much closer to 100%.

God you people are SO fucking addicted to current corporate lifestyle [aspirations].

We need some minds that are so creative they border on magic.
Transcendently creative.

do you want to live in a world without trees & birds & other splendid living things?

Just how dead is your soul?

yeah, then they couldn't shit on the car or house anymore:lmao2:

Binky
07-14-2008, 02:08 PM
In Roscommon County, Mi, which is about an hour and a half drive from Traverse City, there is a college in the woods, so to speak, called Kirtland Community College. It was named after the Kirtland Warbler and every year, they have a festival called the "Kirtland Warbler Festival." It's a big thing around here. I live about 20 miles from there.

Now, what I'm getting at is that it would seem feasible to me to go ahead and drill, since there are so many warblers around the area anyway. And for that matter, there is no reason on earth why those birds couldn't fly off to other parts and make a new home. Like many of us have done over the decades.

And around Traverse City there are numerous forest areas for snowmobiling and ice fishing. Besides, with our economy as bad as it is here in Michigan, I don't think as many tourists have been able to come and "play" like they used to. Our gas is over $4. a gal. and many can't afford to travel just so they can play and squander more money. Our state is lake and forest rich. We have an abundance of deer, small game, fish, and birdies. The wild life is plush, but the people are rapidly leaving because they can't find work. The corporations have been moving out of the country leaving many people left without the prospect of decent jobs. We are becoming a minimum wage state, if not in the country as well.

And on top of that, all throughout Michigan, on any given day, you will see more and more foreclosures popping up from one end of the state to another.

Why do I stay, you ask? Because my family are here and they can't afford to move on right now. Besides, we have a great climate here. In my area, we never have the terrible weather that so many parts of the country has. Once in awhile we'll get a bad snow or rain storm. And just a few months ago a tornado went thru parts of West Branch which is 15 min. from my home. Having the diversity of the seasons is great, rather than a stifling heat that is a constant in many states. Aside from the fact that the work is drying up right now, Michigan is a beautiful state filled with beautiful lakes and rivers of all shapes and sizes. In that respect, it's a paradise.

disrupter
07-14-2008, 03:36 PM
Religion allows people to ignore when they are being nothing more than parasites, by claiming it is their god given right to be parasites.
<shudder>

religion - a pretense that there is ANY excuse not fulfill the dutiful use of your brains.