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Superior Pub. Rights v. Department of Natural Resources

Citation: 6 ELR 20435
No. No. 73-15852-CE, (Mich. Cir. Ct., 01/20/1976)

In this action brought under the Michigan Environmental Protection Act (MEPA), Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 691.1201, ELR 43001, plaintiff fails to prove that the granting of an easement by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for construction of a proposed coal unloading facility and power plant water pipes on the Lake Superior shore will pollute natural resources or violate the state's public trust duty.

Counsel for Plaintiff
James M. Olson
Olson, Dettmer & Bowerman
520 S. Union St.
Traverse City MI 49684
(616) 947-2912

Counsel for Defendant Department of Natural Resources
Clive D. Gemmill, Asst. Attorney General
Law Building, Suite 630
Lansing MI 48913
(517) 373-1130

Counsel for Defendant Upper Peninsula Generating Company
Rodger R. Ederer
Snyder, Loomis, Ewert, Ederer & Parsley
1200 Bank of Lansing Bldg.
Lansing MI 48933
(517) 489-5724

Counsel for Defendant Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad
Douglas B. Vielmetti
Clancy, Hansen & Vielmetti
Peninsula Bank Bldg.
Ishpeming MI 49849
(906) 486-9981

Webb A. Smith
Foster, Swift & Collins
401 S. Washington
Lansing MI 48933
(517) 372-8050

Counsel for Amicus Curiae West Michigan Environmental Action Council
Roger L. Conner
822 Cherry St. SE
Grand Rapids MI 49506
(616) 451-3051

Reisig, J.