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Sierra Club speaks out against Michigan oil production legislation

Oil barrels.
Oil barrels.

LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley this week signed into law some new tax breaks for oil companies that want to extract unreachable oil by blasting carbon dioxide into old wells, and not everyone's happy about it. Mike Berkowitz, with the environmental group the Sierra Club, says that now is hardly the time to start rewarding oil companies, noting that one of them just spilled over a thousand gallons of oil into Lake Michigan.

"Last week, we see this oil spill in Lake Michigan," Berkowitz told WKZO. "One week later, our state administration, our governor's office, signs a bill giving oil companies a tax break. We just think that's totally wrong, irresponsible, and the wrong choice for people in Michigan, and also our water."

Berkowitz urges Michigan residents to contact the governor's office, and let it know they're not happy with this recent legislation.