11:41 am
Wed May 27, 2015

MI fracking foes pursue ban through ballot proposal


For the third time in recent years, opponents of hydraulic fracturing are organizing to end the practice in Michigan. The Committee to Ban Fracking, based in Charlevoix, has begun a ballot campaign hoping to put a ban before voters in next years general election.

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12:08 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

UM study explores options for fracking regulations

John Callewaert is the director of the Integrated Assessment Center at the University of Michigan's Graham Institute for Sustainability. The Institute recently released a report looking at the options for regulating the fracking industry in Michigan.
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Hydraulic fracturing--or fracking as its commonly known--involves drilling for natural gas by injecting a mixture or water, sand, and chemicals into the ground. 

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5:15 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

State Proposes New “Fracking” Rules

State environmental regulators have rolled out proposed new rules to cover hydraulic “fracking” for natural gas.

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5:27 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Audit Finds Problems With Oil And Gas Regulation In Michigan

A new report shows almost 70% of actively producing oil and gas wells in Michigan are not being inspected as often as the state intends.

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6:19 pm
Wed April 25, 2012

Dems Call for Halt to “Fracking;” DEQ Says Drilling is Safe

Courtesy Suncor Energy

There’s a debate at the state Capitol about a natural gas drilling process known as “fracking.” Drills use a mixture of chemicals and water to extract gas from hard-to-reach pockets underground. The practice has been around for decades. Problems have been reported in other parts of the country – although never in Michigan.

But Democratic state Representative Lisa Brown says the fact that wells are now going deeper and using directional drilling raises questions.

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