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MDEQ should heed concerns over drilling in Southfield

[The following is a Detroit Free Press editorial by Jeremy Moss]

Southfield is not a community under state emergency management – but you wouldn’t know it based on a recent Michigan Department of Environmental Quality decision.

The same MDEQ of Flint water crisis infamy approved a permit this month to drill for oil at the corner of 9 Mile and Evergreen Road despite the fact that the Southfield City Council issued a lawful moratorium against such activity within the city’s borders.

Michigan Democrat Wants More Transparency In Legislative Process

 

There’s major bipartisan support for new bills that would open the governor and the Legislature to public information requests.

Democratic state Representative Jeremy Moss says recent scandals like the Flint water crisis are helping drive support for the bills. But he and other lawmakers have been working on the issue for a long time.

Michigan lawmakers announce open records bill package

 

Michigan lawmakers have put together a series of proposed bills that would allow citizens and journalists to file open records requests with the governor's office and the Legislature.

A group of nine Republicans and Democrats sponsor bills in the package, which they said at a Wednesday news conference could be introduced in the House as soon as Thursday.

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