Protesters gather to raise awareness about Fracking

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

LANSING, Mich.--- Protesters gathered in front of the Michigan Statehouse today to raise awareness of the dangers they say are involved in Fracking.

Fracking is a technique used to extract natural gas and oil from deep underground.

"The Committee to Ban Fracking" held a visibility event outside the building while the DNR auctioned off mineral rights to the gas and oil industry inside.

The group says the process has its downfalls.

“There is no such thing as safe Fracking,” said Lou Ann Kozma, from the Committee to Ban Fracking. “So, we believe that only a ban is something that will protect. Regulations are really about allowing Fracking, letting it happen under certain conditions. But there is no way to make it perfectly safe. I mean to contaminate water, to contaminate air, to cause public health concerns, and ill health. That's something we want to prevent and not deal with after the fact."

This week, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality updated its regulations on the method.

The changes are expected to make the process more transparent and allow for adequate monitoring.

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