A House resolution introduced today by Rep. Ken Borton to urge the state Department on Natural Resources (DNR) to deny Gov. Whitmer’s plan to expand Camp Grayling, a military training facility, was advanced by the House.
Rep. Borton, of Gaylord, recently led a group of legislators in urging Gov. Whitmer to carefully consider genuine concerns regarding the 250 square mile expansion on state-owned land, which she intends the Michigan National Guard to use. In the letter, Rep. Borton urged his case for a seat at the table on decision making for the project. Gov. Whitmer did not respond to the letter.
Today, Rep. Borton said the following:
“I’m extremely proud to represent a district containing many of our state’s finest natural resources. These natural resources, which are vital to the well-being of folks in Northern Michigan, don’t grow on trees. If Gov. Whitmer listened to locals about this planned expansion, she would know firsthand the genuine problems the project may cause, and the hardships it would bring them. My constituents are concerned, and their governor isn’t listening to them, nor does she seem to recognize the potential ramifications on the expansion. We must not risk the longevity of the environmental health of Michigan.
“I have the utmost respect for the military, and completely understand the need for continued exercise – this is simply not the right location for such a massive expansion. This plan has the potential to threaten the health and safety of the people of Northern Michigan.
“I have heard my constituents loud and clear, who sent me to Lansing to protect our air, water, wildlife, and all resources of our great state from contamination, and devastation. Instead of ignoring this significant matter, the governor must listen to the voices of Northern Michiganders – not just those in her own backyard.”
Borton’s measure, House Resolution 71, was referred to the House Committee on Military, Veterans and Homeland Security.
Rep. Borton serves the 105th House District, which includes Crawford, Missaukee, Otsego and Roscommon counties, as well as portions of Antrim, Kalkaska, and Oscoda counties.
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