It’s been more than a year ago since Michigan auctioned more than 100,000 acres of public land for use by oil and gas companies. But the fight over fracking, slow at first, has taken off this summer. As the controversial natural gas drilling practice picks up, so does opposition.
Some fracking opponents, fueled by environmental and health concerns, are collecting signatures to put a proposal to ban fracking on the 2014 statewide ballot. The group needs more than 250,000 petition signatures.
Here are my thoughts: This dangerous petition drive to ban hydraulic fracturing is based on fear and emotion, not facts or sound science. It is a direct attack on a key industry that provides good jobs and energy independence for the state of Michigan.