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Anti-Fracking Lawsuit Involving Allegan State Game Area Heard


ALLEGAN, MI (WHTC) - If remarks made from behind the bench are any indication, efforts by environmental activists to block fracking and drilling in the Allegan State Game Area are going to be thwarted, at least for now.

Michigan Land Air Water Defense is apparently attempting to be proactive in its lawsuit against the state, looking to cancel oil and gas leases issued two years ago for around 12 thousand acres. Lawyers for the group argued before Allegan County Circuit Court Judge Margaret Bakker yesterday that the state DEQ and DNR failed to look at the “bigger picture” by not considering the impact on “sensitive wilderness areas” when drilling and fracking begins. State attorneys countered that the bidding process was done legally and that the leases don’t allow for drilling or exploration without first going through the proper public process.

Judge Bakker told the environmentalists that she would “follow the law” when she renders her decision in several weeks. A similar effort to block state oil and gas leases in Barry County was rejected last year.