UM Researchers To Study Effects of 'Fracking'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- University of Michigan researchers say they're conducting a detailed study of the potential environmental and societal effects of hydraulic fracturing in the state.
The Ann Arbor school announced Wednesday that its researchers are working with government regulators, oil and gas industry representatives and environmental groups.
They're looking at seven areas: human health, the environment and ecology, economics, technology, public perception, law and policy, and geology/hydrodynamics.
Detailed technical reports are to be released early next year for public comment.
The announcement comes the same day that Gov. Rick Snyder released an energy and environmental policy blueprint that calls for increasing production of natural gas in Michigan. It defends the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to extract gas from deep underground.


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  • by mark Location: okemos on Nov 28, 2012 at 03:00 PM
    Any study done in the People's Republic of Ann Arbor will no doubt not be in favor of fracking, to say the least. The PRAA is alway pro-government and anti-business. I could probably write their conclusion now.
  • by Name Location: Location on Nov 28, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    Save your time and money and write your findings regardless of the study. Thats what I expect from a liberal U of M study.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Nov 28, 2012 at 10:35 AM
    Oh goody. Liberal UofM plus Liberal Government Regulators. Gosh. Wonder what their conclusions will be. Allow me to save them the time (and tax payers the money). Their report will be something similiar to "Fracking is bad. We don't know why. It just is. Take our word for it."
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