public land en Worried about fracking, citizens group sues the DNR <p>Steve Losher lives in Barry county, and he's worried. So worried, he and the rest of the citizens in the non-profit group called the Michigan Land Air Water Defense are suing the state.&nbsp;</p><p>They're upset about what they believe could happen once the Department of Natural Resources auctions off the mineral rights to gaming areas in Barry and Allagen counties. It's a totally typical auction - the DNR does this kind of thing twice a year since about 1920.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 21:50:59 +0000 Kate Wells 9612 at Worried about fracking, citizens group sues the DNR "No Sale, No Fracking" <p>People opposed to a natural gas drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing protested outside a state office building in Lansing this morning.&nbsp;</p><p>The state is auctioning off oil and gas mineral rights leases for more 100 thousand acres of public land.</p><p>The protesters chanted as energy industry and state government officials entered the building where the auction of oil and gas mineral rights leases was taking place.<br /><br />The protesters worry drillers will use horizontal hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to extract natural gas in Michigan, potentially contaminating drinking water and causing other environmental problems.<br /><br />LuAnne Cozma is an anti-fracking activist.&nbsp; She says state regulations are geared to help the industry, not to protect the people of Michigan.<br />&nbsp;<br />&ldquo;The gas is drilled&hellip;the more gas flows&hellip;the more money flows into the (state government) coffers&hellip;and that is why we don&rsquo;t trust the whole process,&quot; says Cozma.<br /><br />The protesters are circulating petitions to put an <a href="">Anti-fracking question on the November ballot.</a></p><p> Tue, 08 May 2012 14:23:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 7377 at "No Sale, No Fracking" Michigan DNR wants to resolve encroachment conflicts on public land <p>The Department of Natural Resources has started a program to help people resolve issues of encroachment on public land.</p><p>MDNR officials say they want to work with people who are trespassing, by having either a permanent-structure or historical-encroachment.</p><p>They say they&#39;re writing to property owners with known encroachments on public land, telling them they&#39;re eligible to resolve their cases without penalty.</p><p>Applications will be accepted through December 31. Tue, 01 May 2012 14:57:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7263 at