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.
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.