Horizontal fracking poses an unacceptable risk to our health and
our economy. Fracking chemicals released into the air and water pose a huge
threat to our communities, wildlife, agriculture, forests, lakes and streams
and the Great Lakes.
- Communities elsewhere in the nation where fracking has occurred
have experienced explosions, fires, spills, stream contamination, pollution of
wells and aquifers and increased air pollution.
- Millions of gallons of fresh water are required, and permanently polluted,
to “frack” a single well.
- Construction of a massive infrastructure of wellheads, pipelines,
compressing stations, and processing centers would spread across much of rural
and forested northern Michigan.
- Extensive clearcutting, 24-hour noise, light pollution, huge
increases in truck traffic, and the permanent industrialization of existing
landscapes is incompatible with agriculture, tourism and recreation. Drilling
will undermine property values in the entire area and increase local tax
- Methane (“natural gas”) mining is not “clean
energy” but rather a polluting, non-renewable fossil fuel industry
contributing to global warming.