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Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signs oil production legislation in Kalamazoo


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley was in Kalamazoo on Tuesday to sign legislation that reduces taxes on a type of oil production in the state. The legislation sponsored by State Representative Aric Nesbitt, of Lawton, would encourage the recovery of oil by injecting carbon dioxide into depleted oil and natural gas wells to push once-unreachable oil toward other wells where it can be captured and pumped. Calley says the added benefit of this process is that the carbon dioxide is then trapped permanently underground, keeping it out of the atmosphere.

"This is a very science and fact based approach to employing a technology in a way that is both good for our economy and good for our envrionment," Calley told WKZO.

Calley signed the bill at Western Michigan University's Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education, as Governor Rick Snyder is currently in Europe on a trade mission.