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Topic: Water Protection

"Fracking" -- Natural gas drilling, water, & chemicals

New gas discovery in Northern Michigan brings many questions
MEC member group Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council has put together an excellent online resource to help explain the hydraulic fracturing drilling process, and explore possible environmental impacts.  Check it out at:


A new gas discovery recently occurred in Northern Michigan, revealing potential natural gas reserves in the Collingwood and Utica Shale at depths of approximately 9,500 feet. Horizontal drilling and multi-stage fracking will be used to collect this gas, which is different than the hydraulic fracturing techniques historically used in Michigan. This drilling is not only deeper, it also uses substantially more fresh water (millions of gallons rather than up to one hundred thousand gallons) and chemicals. There are many unknowns with respect to the environmental and long-term impacts.
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