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September 2012:  HUGE VICTORY FOR MASON TRACT AND AU SABLE RIVER!

Mason Tract and Au Sable River Protected From Threat of Oil and Gas Drilling
Sierra Club and Anglers of Au Sable Win Nine-Year Battle

For the first time in nearly a decade, a rare, truly wild stretch of the Au Sable River is free from the threat of a proposed oil and gas drilling project that would have endangered the state’s premier trout stream and one of its most spectacular old growth forests.

In 2003, a Traverse City oil and gas exploration company sought a permit to place a drilling pad in an old growth area of Huron-Manistee National Forest next to the Mason Tract, a wild piece of land hugging the Au Sable River. In September, that company, Savoy Energy, told the US Forest Service (USFS) that it is abandoning its nine-year effort to drill in the so-called South Branch area.  

“This is a victory for everyone— the environment, Michigan and the people who enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the Au Sable River,” said Anne Woiwode, Michigan Chapter director.  “It’s also a victory for the Sierra Club and Anglers of the Au Sable which remained vigilant about this ill-advised proposal and the federal approval process all these years.”

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Sierra Club staffer Marvin Roberson works with a broad-based coalition of conservationists, local government officials and scientists on building a better way for Michigan to address development of oil and gas on public lands.  (He's pictured here at the Mason Tract.) Contact Marvin Roberson for more details.
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