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State DEQ Approves Road for Singapore Dunes; Environmentalists Howl

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SAUGATUCK, MI (WHTC) - It took four days, but reaction by opponents of the Singapore Dunes development project came on Tuesday.

Both the Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters slammed last Friday's state DEQ's approval of a permit to allow the holding company of Aubrey McClendon to build a paved road on land along the Kalamazoo River. This would allow access to an 18-homesite development on what environmentalists say is several hundred acres of "critical" dune land, a contention that Singapore Dunes LLC disputes. 

The SDCA plans to appeal the DEQ decision, while the MLCV blamed Governor Snyder for not intervening. Developers look to start building the roadway along an old wagon trail later this spring as they begin work on building the condo complex, with units that would reportedly sell for between 1.5 and 2.75 million dollars each. 

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