Welcome to the new saveMIwater.org, a website dedicated to helping Michigan’s citizens protect one of our most valuable natural resources: our communities’ water supplies. Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation was organized in 2000 exclusively for educational, scientific, and advocacy purposes. Our goal is to conserve, preserve, and protect Michigan’s natural water resources and the public trust in those natural resources for the benefit of the public. MCWC organized to preserve and protect land use, property values, quality of life, and the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of Michigan communities. Check the calendar for monthly board meetings. Check the news for the latest activities and information.
Florida legislation just introduced to ban fracking and acidizing for oil and gas. The description of the potential damage reminds us of the same potential in Michigan. All over the country it is becoming clear that people are waking up to the multiple problems associated with extraction of fossil fuels. We have a chance to stop it in Michigan too, and save our precious ecosystems and water. Sign up to volunteer as we build the momentum we need to get a ban on our ballot. There is little hope that our Michigan legislature will carry out the people’s business, so we have to do it ourselves. Go to letsbanfracking.org and hit the volunteer button so we can stay in touch with you as the campaign builds again.
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BREAKING NEWS: 6 new frack wells for Michigan.
Read about it on Ban Michigan
#Fracking http://banmichiganfracking. org/?p=2870
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Do they know it’s Christmas… in Detroit?Ottawa ̶ This Christmas, a Canadian organization has produced a parody of the Band Aid song Do they know it’s Christmas? in order to show solidarity with the people of Detroit affected by massive water shutoffs.The Council of Canadians is using the song to raise awareness of a human rights crisis where tens of thousands of people are going without one of their most basic needs, water, for months.Since March 2014, on the verge of bankruptcy, Detroit has doubled water rates in an attempt to make its water system profitable and cut off many households that are unable to pay. The Council of Canadians raised awareness of this issue by urging the United Nations to declare it a human rights violation. In June, the Council delivered water from Windsor to Detroit and asked President Obama to declare the situation a state of emergency and a public health crisis.“If there is anything that shows the spirit of Scrooge, it is Detroit’s lack of compassion for its poorest residents,” says Maude Barlow, National Chairperson for the Council of Canadians. “Unable to bathe, flush their toilets, or brush their teeth with running water, they are facing Christmas camping at other people’s houses. In this cold weather, it is a dreadful situation. The UN has said that this is a human rights violation, and the U.S. has to respect international law. Where is the mayor? Where is Obama?”The Council’s version of the song, entitled “Do they know it’s Christmas in Detroit?” is available on YouTube. With new lyrics and singers, the song has reworked the original to bring attention to a humanitarian crisis in one of the richest countries on one of the largest bodies of water in the world. Sample lyrics include:Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears…And there won’t be water in Detroit this ChristmastimeThe greatest gift they’ll get this year is billsWhere great lakes overflow, and no tap water flowsDo they know it’s Christmastime at all?The video is available here.The petition is available here.
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New York Governor finally decides to allow a ban on fracking to go through after a six year battle between the oil and gas industry and environmental and citizen groups opposed to fracking.
This news is significant to Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation, representing a victory for grassroots groups which have put the pressure on for many years, forcing Cuomo to finally do the right thing. New York is not the first state to ban fracking. Vermont was the first, by a vote in the legislature several years ago. In Michigan we do not have a legislature willing to leave the decision up to the governor, nor one that would ever pass a ban itself. We also don’t have a governor who would want a ban. So we must use our constitutional right to put an initiative on the ballot, thus writing our own law and bypassing the legislature and the governor and letting the citizens decide. This news from New York which exposes further the health risks from fracking can only add support to our efforts in Michigan to achieve a ban on horizontal fracking and fracking waste. Let us continue to raise the funds we need to mount a successful campaign this time. Go to letsbanfracking.org to make your donation. But first read the good news on the link below.
Peggy Case, MCWC President
December 17, 2014
A note from LuAnne Kosma of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan:
“While governors don’t actually have the power to ban fracking (by enacting a law by themselves) in NY’s case, the state legislature passed a law that allowed Cuomo to decide whether or not to begin fracking based on the science and a pending health report. Today he held a meeting with his cabinet and made this announcement. It’s widely reported as ‘NY Governor Bans Fracking’ but it isn’t the governor making a new law… and it’s not all fracking–just high volume fracking. Just to keep that distinction clear…because activists in other states will demand now that their governor ban fracking by decree. ”