U-M releases final report on high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Michigan

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers today released the final version of a report analyzing policy options for the state of Michigan regarding high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.

The final report of the U-M Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment consists of six chapters totaling nearly 200 pages. The two-part integrated assessment took three years to complete and is the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Dan Wyant, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, issued a statement on Sept. 23 praising the U-M hydraulic fracturing report and expressing appreciation that many of the state's suggestions were incorporated into the final version.

"The state of Michigan appreciates the Graham Sustainability Institute's work to produce a comprehensive, thoughtful look at issues around oil and gas production in Michigan," Wyant said. "This report offers some useful information and options for state regulators to consider in the months and years ahead."

Read the rest at the University of Michigan News Service. 

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