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In Michigan, CMS wants to inject crap into the ground- Antrim County Residents Against It

14 June 2007 at 9:27:52 AM

Sometimes when I read of all the commercial injection wells going in, in Texas, mainly having to do with gas and oil waste, where CRAP and POLLUTANTS are injected into the ground, I forget that it isn't JUST Texas. Companies want to put waste into the ground anywhere they possibly can. Here's a Michigan story.


Residents packed the Alba High School gym, ready to give state and federal environmental representatives reasons why they should not put water from a contaminated site into their ground.  The reason why this public hearing first started is because of a request by Consumers Energy and their parent company, CMS, to put a deep injection well two thousand feet underground.  The contamination is being pumped from a former industrial site near Petoskey where the Bay Harbor Resort now sits.  Tests show the ground water there contains cement kiln dust which can contain metals, arsenic, lead, and even mercury.  CMS, the company responsible for the clean-up, is applying for a permit to build and then use a deep injection well a county away, near Alba in Antrim County.  They would haul what they pump from Bay Harbor and inject it in Antrim County.  That plan is concerning many nearby residents about the future of their land and their own wells.  The Environmental Protection Agency says there are safety measures taken to make sure a leak from deep injection wells does not spread, but residents say they don't want to take any chances in their own backyards. "They want to clean it up and why they want to transport it way over here, i have no idea," says area resident Cathy Leysen.  "But I think they should clean it up in their own area." 

Many residents feel the same way.  If the contamination is in Emmet County, they feel the treated water should stay there.  Instead it could be headed just off of Alba Highway and Peterson Road in Antrim County. "There's a lot of chances for error," Leysen says.  "Accidents, contaminating the water and trucks overturning, I mean there's so many things that can happen."  CMS hopes to drill a two-thousand foot deep well to inject the waste from Bay Harbor.  They've been doing that at other sites but now CMS is looking to expand.  "The reason this site was identified was because it's the closest appropriate geological location to Bay Harbor." say CMS representative Tim Petrosky.  Petrosky says the lime shale in the area is ideal, because it shouldn't allow the liquid to travel back up, but residents have their own ideas about why they were chosen.  "They were trucking the water to Johannesburg and Traverse City," says area resident Dennis Leysen.  "And this is a closer location to the pollution source and consequently it saves them a bunch of money." 

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