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.
11:13 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Anti-fracking petitions can circulate

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The controversial procedure has been used for decades. Energy industry officials say fracking is safe but opponents charge that it can cause pollution.
LANSING - Supporters of a ban on fracking in Michigan can begin gathering signatures on petitions that could put the issue on the 2014 ballot. The state Board of Canvassers approved the petition language Wednesday morning, that would ban the practice of using horizontal hydraulic fracturing, called fracking, to get at pools of natural gas and oil deep under the ground across the state.
6:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Group plans petition drive for proposal to ban "fracking" in Michigan

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Hydraulic fracturing has been used to extract natural gas. Opponents of practice say it damages air and water
SOUTH HAVEN - Men and women of manners avoid dropping the "F-bomb," as the swear word is referred to these days.
6:39 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Local committee wants fracking ban on the 2014 ballot

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Members of the Committee to Ban Michigan Fracking say the process—injecting types of shale with a chemical to release natural gas—pollutes the environment. The group will hold two events on Saturday. One in Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park from 1 to 2 p.m. and another in Hastings that night from 7 to 8:30.
As the possibility of fracking moves closer to the Battle Creek area, so too are efforts to stop it. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of drilling a horizontal well and injecting specific types of shale with a chemical mix to better release the natural gas within.