MI Chamber of Commerce Supports Controversial Method for Accessing Natural Gas

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has come out in support of the controversial method of accessing natural gas known as “fracking.”

The business group says its board of directors voted unanimously to “support responsible oil and gas exploration in Michigan and to oppose any attempt to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing.” The Chamber’s announced support of fracking came yesterday as environmental groups prepared for today’s planned protest of hydraulic fracturing outside of the Lansing Center, where the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will hold an auction for state-owned oil and gas lease rights to more than 37,000 acres in 17 Michigan counties.

The hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” technique extracts oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel with chemicals.

Opponents of the procedure contend that it pollutes the land, water and air.

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