Not-so-great idea: drilling in the lakes
Editorial headline from the Indianapolis Star:
I did not know that there was drilling on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes.
Our position is: The Great Lakes are no place to drill for gas and oil.
....why a congressional ban on drilling for natural gas in the five Great Lakes or along the shoreline ought to be extended beyond its 2007 expiration date.
Proponents of drilling argue that hundreds of gas-producing wells on the Canadian side of lakes have operated without a major catastrophe. But there have been numerous smaller gas and oil spills reported from Canada's operations. The full extent of pollution from Canadian drilling isn't known.
An analysis of proposed drilling in Michigan concluded that wells would produce enough energy to power the country for only about two hours a year, generating roughly $2 billion in revenue -- a fraction of the $11.5 billion spent by tourists who vacation at Lake Michigan.
The potential long-term risks simply don't outweigh any fleeting rewards.
I agree that this is a really bad idea.