2011 Michigan Zoning Enabling Act - allowed this to happen

posted Aug 16, 2014, 2:37 PM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated Aug 16, 2014, 4:37 PM ]

Dan Papineau, Legislative Director for Senator Jack Brandenburg, reads another part of the The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act, House Bill 4746… 
“An ordinance shall not prevent the extraction, by mining, of valuable natural resources from any property unless very serious consequences would result from the extraction of those natural resources.”

He continues saying “Its long been court standing that very serious consequences include the impact on property values in the vicinity of the property, the impact on existing land uses, among others.  Those sound like very serious consequences and being a legislator from Macomb County that Senator Brandenburg is, we never imagined that there would be drilling in Macomb County, they just never have.”  “The standard has long been used in that regard.  So, we never expected this law to impact especially this area, and I was wondering if you have the authority to test that ‘very serious consequences standard’?”