Immigration reform
7:31 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Congressman Fred Upton discusses immigration, student loans and more

File photo of cherry farmer Patrick McGuire of Atwood. He says the immigration controversy has caused a labor shortage
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Full interview with Fred Upton

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says he expects the House to take up immigration reform in separate bills as opposed to comprehensive legislation. 

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6:18 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Michigan House Democrats propose new regulations on "fracking"

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Department of Environmental Quality says it will examine proposal, but has refuted the need for new rules in past
LANSING - Michigan House Democrats want to further regulate fracking, a controversial method of accessing natural gas. They promoted a package of eight bills that would require the disclosure of chemicals injected into the ground for certain fracking operations before receiving a permit.
2:27 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

4 billion gallons of Michigan water to be used for fracking

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Encana Corporation plans to drill about 500 new natural gas wells in northern Michigan. The amount of water Encana requires would equate to two years’ worth of water for all the residents in Traverse City.
KALKASKA - A Canadian firm has laid out plans to drill 500 new natural gas wells in Northern Michigan, using a technique that could consume more than 4 billion gallons of groundwater - or about as much water as Traverse City uses in two years.
6:37 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Upton defends fracking in speech to manufacturers

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Chairman of House Energy and Commerce Committee says natural gas industry needs infrastructure
Washington - U.S. Rep. Fred Upton said Thursday fueling vehicles with natural gas holds great promise and praised the hydraulic fracturing technology that is unearthing greater supplies of the gas. "We haven't seen a single instance where ground water has been contaminated because of fracking, not one,"
6:35 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Fracking is subject of heated debate, petition drive in Michigan

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Michigan Chamber of Commerce says it will oppose petition drive to ban hydraulic fracturing in state
The expansion of gas and oil drilling through a process called "fracking" is back as a hot-button issue in Michigan - along with petitions, protests and armed security. Armed guards were present a week ago Tuesday at a public hearing held by Michigan's departments of natural resources and environmental quality to discuss drilling and the controversial natural gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.