What does the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan’s legislative proposal propose to do?


This legislation would amend and add to the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. First, it would prohibit the use of the new kind of fracking (horizontal hydraulic fracturing) and the production, storage, disposal, and processing of horizontal hydraulic fracturing wastes throughout Michigan. It would also delete the state's affirmative policy of aggravating global warming by "foster(ing) the development of the industry along the most favorable conditions and with a view to the ultimate recovery of the maximum production" of oil and gas. In its place is a requirement that the DEQ construe the statute always in favor of protecting water and human health.