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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-26-11 07:04 AM
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Detroit Becomes First City in Michigan to Ban Fracking

Food & Water Watch, via AlterNet:



Detroit Becomes First City in Michigan to Ban Fracking


Detroit, Mich. Last Friday, Detroits City Council became the first in Michigan to pass a resolution supporting a ban on a controversial gas drilling technique known as fracking. The Council passed the resolution unanimously. Council member JoAnn Watson offered up the resolution, and several local activists attended the Council meeting to show their support. In banning fracking, Detroit joins 65 other municipalities across the United States who have taken action against the practice.

Detroit sent a strong message indicating that a ban on fracking is necessary to protect public health and preserve Michigans natural resources, said Lynna Kaucheck of Food & Water Watch. Michigan sits in the middle of 20 percent of the worlds available fresh water; that means we have a distinct responsibility to protect this vital natural resource. The time to ban fracking in Michigan is now.

Fracking involves injecting water, sand and toxic chemicals deep underground to break up dense rock formations and release natural gas. Opponents of fracking cite the high potential for water and air pollution as a leading reason to ban the practice. Over 1,000 cases of water contamination have been reported near fracking sites.

Public opposition to fracking has escalated in recent months, with concerned residents and environmental and consumer advocacy groups campaigning against the practice. Recent reports show that oil and gas interests have leased nearly $200 million worth of Michigan-owned drilling rights in the Collingwood-Utica formation in the last year. The Collingwod-Utica formation is a deep shale deposit that rests under the northern portion of Michigans lower peninsula. .............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/639589/det... /



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