Feds won't appeal ruling in MI gas drilling case

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The government has decided not to appeal a federal judge's ruling that blocked oil and gas drilling in a sensitive riverside area in northern Michigan.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson ruled in July that the U.S. Forest Service acted improperly in 2005 by giving Savoy Energy of Traverse City a permit to drill an exploratory well near the Au Sable River's south branch.

The proposed wellhead would be located in the Huron-Manistee National Forest a few hundred yards from the Mason Tract, a 4,679-acre wilderness area prized by anglers and other outdoor recreationists.

Environmentalists say Lawson's decision will protect the river's beauty and solitude.

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