Wanted: your take on fracking in Michigan
Just got approached for donations by a young man with Environment Michigan. Evidently, they’re pushing Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell hard to rule against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking — where drillers use high-pressure water and chemicals to release oil and natural gas — on national forest land. Their pitch is protecting the Great Lakes.
I’m a complete noob when it comes to Michigan environmental issues, but not to fracking in general. As a recent import from Wyoming, the economy of which is utterly dependent on energy extraction, I’ve followed the stories of those who say fracking ruined their water supplies and the very powerful energy companies who say the complainers are full of it. The state government in Wyoming is energy-industry-friendly and many, many livelihoods are directly and indirectly dependent on energy; I don’t know how things stand here.
So before I read up on what’s been going on in Michigan, I ask you to fill me in on your take. Is the concern over fracking on national forest land overblown or top priority? Are the Great Lakes at risk, or is that a marketing ploy when the actual risks of fracking are more complex and difficult to explain? Or should I have opened my meager wallet on the spot and thrown money at the guy who came knocking?