The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition has filed a Motion to Intervene and provide comments in opposition to the Upper Peninsula Power Company’s Shoreline Management Plans. The Shoreline Management Plans would allow the development of the shorelines of five lakes located in the Upper Peninsula by granting easements to purchasers of lots bordering the lakes. The Shoreline Management Plans easements would allow lot owners to install docks in the lakes up to 150 feet in length; clear view corridors so they can see the lakes from their homes; and construct trails in the buffer zones that could be used for motorized access. The intensity of the proposed development and the provisions allowing motorized access would substantially change the character of these natural lakes.
Although the official comment period has ended, FERC is continuing to accept comments until a decision is reached. For more information, contact the Upper Peninsula Environmental Council upec@upenvi ronment. org or check out their website at http://www.upenvironment.org.