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Environment & Climate Change

Appeals Court: Voter approval unecessary to lease drilling rights in public parks, cemeteries

Gas drilling rig in Appalachia
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A gas drilling rig in Appalachia.

The state Court of Appeals decided recently that voter approval is not needed for cities to be able to lease drilling rights under public parks and cemeteries. The Court rejected an appeal by a group called Don't Drill The Hills. It was challenging the City of Rochester Hills' decision to lease oil and gas drilling rights in two parks and a cemetery to one company, and to allow another company to replace an aging pipeline under a park. 

We discuss the decision with Knight Center for Environmental Journalism director Eric Freedman.

GUEST Eric Freedman is the director of the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and director of MSU's Capital News Service.

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