Michigan Zoning Laws Changed to Suit Fracking

Unlike Pennsylvania or New York, Michigan local rule will not be able to restrict attempts to frack.

new Michigan statute recognizes that local zoning ordinances may affect attempts to exploit mineral resources.  The exploitation of those mineral resources would be allowed in the face of an ordinance restricting it if the one seeking to exploit those resources demonstrates the following: (1) that there are valuable natural resources on the property; (2) that there is a need for the natural resources, either by the owner or the market at large; and (3) that no very serious consequences would result from the extraction by mining of the resources.  In the event that showing is made, then the court will make its own determination as to the impact of the development on local resources and the community.

http://www.mlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2012/02/post_81.html

Here is the statute.

http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/publicact/pdf/2011-PA-0113.pdf


Interesting Change in Tax Law

It is interesting to note that the oil and gas companies pay taxes differently in Michigan since Snyder.   They no longer have to pay income tax of 4.35% on the income they earn.    They only need to pay a severance tax of .84%.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/taxes/Tax_Change_Summaries_-_Individual_Income_Tax_359807_7.pdf


Interesting Take On What Fracking is Really About

Here is an article published in the German paper Speigel that gives a more global perspective on what the fracking movement  is all about.

Apparently, it may not be about energy independence.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/new-gas-extraction-methods-alter-global-balance-of-power-a-880546.html


Fracking for Foreigners

http://truth-out.org/news/item/13210-fracking-for-foreigners-new-report-from-feds-backs-more-natural-gas-exports


The Next Big Pension Hit

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20130210/NEWS/302109957/new-vc-fund-targets-firms-on-the-grow


List of Organizations Used to Replace ALEC

http://www.vltp.net/what-happens-to-corporations-who-quit-alec/

National Governor’s Association http://www.nga.org/cms/cflist

State Government Affairs Council  https://www.sgac.org/DOCUMENTS/SGAC%20List%20of%20Member%20Organizations.pdf

State Legislative Leaders Council  http://www.sllf.org/AdvisoryCouncil.asp

Council of State Governments http://www.csg.org/pubs/capitolideas/nov_dec_2011/nov_dec_2011_images/NovDec2011.pdf


More about fed case against EMs

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130208/SCHOOLS/302080372?fb_comment_id=fbc_343773849064380_1782176_343907659050999#f20b741d869ce52