State Lawmaker Wants Constitutional Ban on Great Lakes Drilling

The tragedy that is still going on in the gulf has put the debate of off-shore drilling back in the spotlight. Many in this region wonder if it could ever happen on the Great Lakes. On Monday, State Representative Dan Scripps announced a plan to permanently ban oil drilling in the Great Lakes. Right now it's against the law to drill in the Great Lakes, but Scripps says it could easily be overturned. He's pushing for a constitutional ban that the people would vote on, to make sure a disaster like the one in the gulf never happens in this region. “I think the Great Lakes are too central to our economy and to our way of life to take that kind of chance,” says Scripps. But not everyone is impressed with this push. “It's off the table. It's already been dealt with,” says Representative Wayne Schmidt, a Republican from Traverse City. “I'm not sure what the issue is. It's unfortunate that the democrats are making political hay out of the tragedy in the gulf.” 9&10's Ryan Raiche and Photojournalist Ben Talarico have the story.

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