Drilling for Oil in Lake Michigan

Drilling for oil in Lake Michigan has made the political radar screen in the close North Shore race between Robert Dold and Brad Schneider.
Oil Drilling in Lake Mich Dold-Schneider DH 10-25-14According to an article in the Daily Herald by Russell Lissau, it was already illegal to drill for oil in the Great Lakes and the vote in question was a procedural vote on an amendment that would have been duplicative.

The 2005 Energy Policy Act banned such drilling.

The impact of procedure votes like this is described thusly:

“Politicians on both sides of the aisle and journalists have noted these motions can be gimmicks used to force lawmakers to take votes on politically sensitive topics. Those votes then can be attacked by opponents.”

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Way before then, back in the 1970’s, I sponsored a bill that would have banned drilling for oil in the Illinois part of Lake Michigan. It went nowhere.


Drilling for Oil in Lake Michigan — 1 Comment

  1. No surprise here.

    The televised ads this election have really sunk to a new low.

    I hope all the lies and mis truths backfire.

    I am recommending to all my friends and relatives to support a straight republican ticket with the exception of Joe Gottemoller for county board dist 3.

    He put $$ ahead of his constituents while representing power plant developers.

    He’s the only exception to a full slate of republicans this election.

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