September 25, 2023
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Michigan Hydraulic Fracturing – Deep Impact To Water Source

The local impact on areas with Michigan hydraulic fracturing has been largely stifled across the U.S. mainly because of mineral rights of the land and corporate law over people.

Impact of Fracturing on the Great Lakes

Great Lake Waves -  Michigan Hydrolic Fracturing

What happens in Michigan is people own the land but not the rights to the oil & mineral content of their land. The DNR sells leasing rights to the oil & minerals and the DEQ gives license to those who purchased the lease. People all over Michigan are getting letters notifying residents that this is taking place and they can do nothing about it.  After working for the DNR I found this is a touchy issue because it directly negates their mission statement.

If you look at these two differences in approach between DNR and DEQ they are suggesting that it is ok for the environment. However, they clearly state that because of the highly toxic chemicals used approximately 5,000,000 gallons of water are “injected into deep rock layers isolated from freshwater supplies” after their use i.e. will not enter the water cycle again for 100’s years if not more because the toxicity is so severe. The idea that this is an environmentally safe practice is a joke.

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Studies at NMU, Junior Year. Degree: Environmental Studies and Sustainability Currently DNR Explorer Guide Former Charlie Guide for Northern Tier National High Adventure Base in BWCA and Quetico

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2 thoughts on “Michigan Hydraulic Fracturing – Deep Impact To Water Source

  1. Fracking is not dangerous we have been doing it in North Dakota for years, get some real facts before you write b*******like this. I own a lot of farmland in st. clair County,they are welcome to frack it.

    1. Thanks for your comments. What the author points out is that the Michigan DNRs mission is at odds with this practice. Yet is is taking place. I’m sure South Dakota version of the DNR has similar issues.

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