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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Snyder taps ex-BP official to run DEQ

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Lansing — Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday appointed a former BP America official who managed public relations in the company’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to run his troubled Department of Environmental Quality.
Heidi Grether of Williamston will replace interim DEQ Director Keith Creagh on Aug. 1. Creagh will return to the Department of Natural Resources as director, according to the governor’s office.
“Heidi has decades of experience in environmental quality issues, and has effectively served during times of crises and recovery,” Snyder said in a statement.
Grether was a registered lobbyist for BP America in Lansing from 1993 to 2008, state records show.

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