MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Department of Environmental Quality is currently mulling over a set of 13 permits submitted by Calgary, Alberta-based energy company Encana that would authorize the withdrawal of over 300 million gallons of water for use in the hydraulic fracturing process.
If the DEQ approves the permit applications, the proposed withdrawals would take place at three different well pads in downstate Kalkaska County.
The hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” technique extracts oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel with chemicals.
The procedure is often opposed because of environmental concerns.
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