natural gas http://michiganradio.org en Public hearings on proposed "fracking" rules wraps up, ballot campaign could follow http://michiganradio.org/post/public-hearings-proposed-fracking-rules-wraps-ballot-campaign-could-follow <p>State environmental regulators will put the finishing touches on new rules regarding “fracking” now that public hearings have wrapped up. They expect to have the new rules adopted by the end of the year, but the state’s rules may not be the final word on the controversial drilling process</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Fracking”</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a drilling method that pushes water and chemicals into wells to force out oil and gas deposits.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:58:15 +0000 Rick Pluta 18415 at http://michiganradio.org Public hearings on proposed "fracking" rules wraps up, ballot campaign could follow A large natural gas pipeline might be coming to Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/large-natural-gas-pipeline-might-be-coming-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Here we go again."</span></p><p>That's what some in Michigan are undoubtedly thinking as they learn of a proposed natural gas pipeline that could run through Michigan on its way to Ontario, Canada.</p><p>The proposed Rover Pipeline would carry natural gas through about 180 miles of Michigan. Some of it would track the very same route as the controversial Enbridge 6B&nbsp;oil pipeline that was recently replaced.</p><p>Keith Metheny is a reporter with the&nbsp;<em>Detroit Free Press</em>.</p><p>Metheny said the pipes will take natural gas from areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio and ship it westward into Michigan, through the southeast corner, spanning through six counties, and ending up in a hub in Ontario for distribution. The pipeline might follow a portion of the 6B route, around Oakland, Macomb, and St. Clair counties and possibly others.</p><p>“It’s going to be the very same people, the very same route, the people who saw their backyards torn up for a year, the people who occasionally had their roads inaccessible,” Metheny said.</p><p>Metheny said this pipeline would be large, 42 inches in diameter that will transfer more than 3 billion cubic feet of gas per day.</p><p>“In the highest gas demand day ever for Consumers Energy, which was in January 2013, they pushed out less natural gas across the entire state of Michigan than the amount that would pass through this pipeline every day,” Metheny said.</p><p>He added that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will determine if the pipes go down, but a decision may not be made until 2015.</p><p>Energy Transfer will hold a series of public meetings along the path of the proposed Rover Pipeline.</p><p>There will be a meeting this evening in Chelsea at 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Comfort Inn Village Conference Center on Commerce Park Drive in Chelsea. And there's a meeting tonight in Richmond at the Lois Wagner Memorial Library, again, from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm.</p><p><em>*Listen to full story above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:50:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 18384 at http://michiganradio.org A large natural gas pipeline might be coming to Michigan DEQ holding public hearings on fracking rules tonight and Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/deq-holding-public-hearings-fracking-rules-tonight-and-wednesday <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">State officials want to hear what you think about fracking.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.1500000000000001; background-color: transparent;">The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality wants to update the state’s rules on hydraulic fracturing. The DEQ is</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.1500000000000001; background-color: transparent;"> holding two public hearings this week on the proposed changes.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Hal Fitch is the chief of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3306_57064---,00.html">DEQ’s Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals</a>. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“Starting about 2008, we started hearing increased public concerns. So we met with the environmental community, we met with the public in over 200 different forums and heard those concerns and formulated these rules based on what we were hearing,” he says.</span></span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:46:11 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18375 at http://michiganradio.org DEQ holding public hearings on fracking rules tonight and Wednesday Energy giant faces criminal trial on bid-rigging in Michigan lease sale http://michiganradio.org/post/energy-giant-faces-criminal-trial-bid-rigging-michigan-lease-sale <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You might recall that earlier this year</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/state-unfolds-evidence-against-energy-giants-week-conspiracy-case" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">&nbsp;Michigan’s attorney general filed charges against two energy giants</a>.</p><p>Encana<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oil and Gas USA and </span>Chesapeake<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Energy were accused of colluding to lower the price of land leases for oil and gas exploration.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last Friday, a Michigan&nbsp;</span>Cheboygan<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County District Court judge&nbsp;rule</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">d</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;that Chesapeake Energy Corp must face a criminal trial, citing evidence of a conspiracy between the companies.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-antitrust-chesapeake-enrgy-idUSKBN0FF1Z020140710">Reuters </a>quoted&nbsp;<span style="font-family: georgia, 'times new roman', serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 23px;">Judge Maria Barton of Michigan’s Cheboygan County District Court:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px;">"The direct and circumsta</span><span style="color: rgb(119, 119, 119); line-height: 16px;">ntial evidence established that the parties did in fact strike an agreement to bid-rig the State sale."&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p>Part of that evidence could have come from&nbsp;Encana<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Oil. That company struck a plea deal with the State of Michigan in exchange for its help in Michigan's anti-trust case&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">Chesapeake Energy. Encana&nbsp;also agreed</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;"> to pay a $5 million fine.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">This past May, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/energy-company-agrees-pay-michigan-5-million-anti-trust-fine">MPRN's Rick Pluta&nbsp;reported</a>:</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 22px;">If Encana lives up to its end of the bargain, the state will drop other criminal charges at a sentencing hearing in 11 months.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Chesapeake Energy is the nation’s second-largest producer of natural gas.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:18:35 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18361 at http://michiganradio.org Energy giant faces criminal trial on bid-rigging in Michigan lease sale A new proposed pipeline in Michigan could run along Line 6B http://michiganradio.org/post/new-proposed-pipeline-michigan-could-run-along-line-6b <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A proposed natural gas pipeline could run through Michigan on its way to the Canadian border.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">ET Rover, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, is planning a pipeline that would run through about 180 miles of Michigan. </span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Some of it would track the same route as the controversial&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Enbridge</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;6-B pipeline that was recently replaced.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The company has sent out about 15,000 letters to landowners on and around the proposed line, asking for permission to do land surveys.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">ET Rover will then submit a plan to the federal government for review.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Vicki Granado is the company's spokesperson.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"It’s important to Energy Transfer that we reach out and communicate and meet people and we talk to them," said Granadao. &nbsp;"It’s also important that as we do work in these communities, that we are very respectful of people’s property and of all of the environmental concerns."</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Jeff&nbsp;Insko&nbsp;is a landowner in Oakland County whose backyard was torn up for the Line&nbsp;6B&nbsp;project.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">"The prospect of having to go through it all over again is utterly demoralizing," said Insko. "People are disheartened and some of them are angry; some of them are stubborn and ready to fight."</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">ET Rover will hold an open house tonight in Fenton to update residents on the proposal.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; line-height: 22px;">–&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.555556297302246px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Reem Nasr, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:53:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18351 at http://michiganradio.org A new proposed pipeline in Michigan could run along Line 6B New report gathers opinions on fracking in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/new-report-gathers-opinions-fracking-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What do the people who run Michigan's towns and cities think about the prospect of high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or "</span>fracking" in or near their communities<span style="line-height: 1.5;">?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A <a href="http://closup.umich.edu/michigan-public-policy-survey/33/fracking-as-a-community-issue-in-michigan/">new report </a>from the University of Michigan's Center for Local, State and Urban Policy looks into that question.</span></p><p>In Michigan, only a handful of communities report some type of high-volume&nbsp;fracking operation. It's the controversial process used to extract natural gas by drilling into shale deposits.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The center’s program director, Tom </span>Ivacko<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, joined us to talk about the results.</span></p><p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:18:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 17881 at http://michiganradio.org New report gathers opinions on fracking in Michigan State unfolds evidence against energy giants this week in conspiracy case http://michiganradio.org/post/state-unfolds-evidence-against-energy-giants-week-conspiracy-case <p>Today lawyers with Michigan’s Attorney General’s office will begin o<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/big-energy-companies-face-conspiracy-anti-trust-violations-michigan">utlining the state’s case against energy giants Chesapeake Energy and Encana Oil &amp; Gas USA.</a></p><p>The allegations stem from an auction for drilling leases on state land three years ago.</p><p>In May 2010 an auction of drilling leases brought in $178 million. That’s almost as much as all the revenue from all of Michigan’s leases of public land from 1929 to now, combined.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17457 at http://michiganradio.org State unfolds evidence against energy giants this week in conspiracy case Big energy companies face conspiracy, anti-trust violations in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/big-energy-companies-face-conspiracy-anti-trust-violations-michigan <p>The state of Michigan alleges energy giants Encana Oil and Gas USA and Chesapeake Energy worked together to get cheaper prices to lease land to drill for oil and gas.</p><p>Michigan’s attorney general filed charges against the companies earlier this month. Today, the companies were arraigned on conspiracy and anti-trust violations.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:36:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16906 at http://michiganradio.org Big energy companies face conspiracy, anti-trust violations in Michigan Frugal Holland takes on biggest one-time debt for natural gas plant http://michiganradio.org/post/frugal-holland-takes-biggest-one-time-debt-natural-gas-plant <p>The city of Holland will issue $160 million in bonds to build a new power plant. It’s the biggest bond offering the city, the public school district or the city’s publicly owned utility has ever issued.</p><p>Holland is home to a huge population of conservatives whose families emigrated from the Netherlands. That's why the city is known for its <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/tulips-are-back-photos-2013-tulip-time-festival">Tulip Time </a>festival, historic windmill, wooden shoes, and as Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra puts it, being frugal.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:09:06 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16646 at http://michiganradio.org Frugal Holland takes on biggest one-time debt for natural gas plant Consumers Energy puts Genesee County power plant project 'on hold' http://michiganradio.org/post/consumers-energy-puts-genesee-county-power-plant-project-hold <p>Consumers Energy is suspending plans to start building a $700 million power plant in Genesee County.</p><p>The utility announced today it will instead buy an existing Jackson County power plant for $155 million.</p><p>“You know, frankly, we can look out our windows at our headquarters at Consumers Energy, look east, and see the steam when that plant is operating, which is quite often,” says Dan Bishop, a Consumers spokesman.</p><p>The Jackson County power plant has been generating electricity for a decade. As a merchant power plant, it sold electricity on the wholesale market.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16244 at http://michiganradio.org Consumers Energy puts Genesee County power plant project 'on hold' Holland needs air permit for new natural gas plant http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-needs-air-permit-new-natural-gas-plant-0 <p>The City of Holland wants to get an air permit so it can build a <a href="http://p21decision.com/the-new-power-plant/#!">new natural gas-fired power plant</a>.</p><p>People have until <a href="http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps/cwerp.shtml">Wednesday to tell the state’s Department of Environmental Quality what they think of the plans.</a></p><p>The roughly $200 million dollar power plant would help replace the city’s 70 year old DeYoung coal plant.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15401 at http://michiganradio.org Holland needs air permit for new natural gas plant Michigan officials deliver energy policy report http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-deliver-energy-policy-report <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials have submitted the latest in a series of reports that Gov. Rick Snyder says will help Michigan make decisions about future energy policies.<br /><br />The "Additional Areas" report deals with reliability of electricity, rates and prices, and natural gas infrastructure. Among the material is a section on the role of states versus the role of regional transmission operators or independent system operators for reliability.<br /><br />Another section covers the linkage between natural gas prices and electricity prices.<br /> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15313 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials deliver energy policy report Couple fighting oil, gas development in state game area http://michiganradio.org/post/couple-fighting-oil-gas-development-state-game-area <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A southwestern Michigan couple is suing the federal government over a planned lease of oil and gas development rights in the Allegan State Game Area.<br><br>John Davis Jr. and Marybeth Pritschet-Davis filed their lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.<br><br>They say the Bureau of Land Management plans to auction 27,302 acres of subsurface mineral rights in the Allegan game area Sept. 12. The area hosts endangered and threatened species and also features trout streams, lakes and wetlands.<br> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 18:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14320 at http://michiganradio.org Consumers Energy moves forward on power plant plan http://michiganradio.org/post/consumers-energy-moves-forward-power-plant-plan <p>THETFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy is taking steps toward its planned 700-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Michigan's Genesee County.<br><br>The Jackson-based utility filed Friday for approval of a certificate of necessity with the Michigan Public Service Commission. The filing is allowed under the state's energy reform law.<br><br>Chief Executive Officer John Russell says the filing establishes the plant "is in the best long-term interests of Michigan."<br> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:50:58 +0000 The Associated Press 13517 at http://michiganradio.org State House Democrats want to tighten regulations on 'fracking' http://michiganradio.org/post/state-house-democrats-want-tighten-regulations-fracking <p>Eight Democrats in the Michigan House are introducing legislation to tighten regulations on a practice used by the oil and gas industry known as hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking."</p><p>The drilling technique is at the center of national environmental debates. It uses water and chemicals deep underground to harvest natural gas.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:44:31 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13491 at http://michiganradio.org State House Democrats want to tighten regulations on 'fracking' In this morning’s news: farm bill, fracking, and Arab-American bank accounts http://michiganradio.org/post/morning-s-news-farm-bill-fracking-and-arab-american-bank-accounts <p><strong>U.S. House revisits Farm Bill</strong></p><p>United States House Republicans passed a farm bill yesterday that excludes food assistance legislation.&nbsp; Agriculture and food stamps have historically been a part of the same bill for nearly 40 years. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-farm-bureau-not-happy-us-house-passed-farm-bill">reports</a> that the Michigan Farm Bureau is disappointed with the status of the new legislation.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>State Democrats increase fracking regulation</strong></p><p>Democrats in the state House have introduced eight new bills to increase regulations on hydraulic <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-house-democrats-want-regulate-fracking">fracturing</a> in Michigan. The bills do not ban fracking or stop the issuing of permits. According to Michigan Public Radio’s Jake Neher, “the legislation would require natural gas companies to disclose which chemicals they’re using in the fracking process. It would also give local governments more power to restrict the activity.”</p><p><strong>Arab-American group sues over bank account closures</strong></p><p>Hundreds of Arab-Americans received letters from Huntington Bank notifying them that their accounts have been closed.&nbsp; Many of these closures came with no explanation. The Arab-American Civil Rights League has filed a $75,000 lawsuit against the bank. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:53:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13504 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning’s news: farm bill, fracking, and Arab-American bank accounts New Lansing power plant follows national trend toward natural gas http://michiganradio.org/post/new-lansing-power-plant-follows-national-trend-toward-natural-gas <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansings-new-power-plant-will-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions">Michigan has a new commercial scale power plant</a>; the first new power plant in Michigan in 25 years.</p><p>Coal is still the dominant fuel source in the state, but this plant's existence means there will be a little less coal being imported into Michigan.</p><p>At the ceremony today celebrating its opening, the Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light sang the new "REO Town" plant's praises:</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:38:41 +0000 Mark Brush 13318 at http://michiganradio.org New Lansing power plant follows national trend toward natural gas Lansing's new power plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-new-power-plant-will-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions <p>Michigan’s first new utility built power plant in 25 years was fired up today in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Reo Town power plant’s natural gas powered turbines whirled to life this morning.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:55:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13317 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's new power plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions New power plant will go online in Lansing, Michigan this Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/new-power-plant-will-go-online-lansing-michigan-monday <p>The Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light say this new power plant will be "the first new utility power plant built in Michigan in 25 years."</p><p>Following <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703579804575441683910246338.html">a national trend away from coal</a>, this power plant will burn natural gas.</p><p>According to their <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/About-the-BWL/News/BWL-Cogeneration-Plant-is-%E2%80%9CGoing-Commercial%E2%80%9D-on-July-1/">press release</a>, the municipally-owned utility expects to cut is greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to the coal-fired steam and electric units the new power plant will replace. They list other benefits as well:</p><blockquote><p>- Eliminate the need to burn 351,000 tons of coal compared to the steam and electric units that the new plant will replace.</p><p>- Lower mercury and SO2 (sulfur dioxide) emissions by over 99 percent, and NOx (oxides of nitrogen) by over 85 percent compared to the coal-fired boilers that are now retired.</p></blockquote><p>The power plant called the "REO Town plant" will be fully operational <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1543982731" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Monday</span></span>.</p><p>It's part $182 million project that also includes a headquarters building and a restored Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot for the BWL Board of Commissioners meetings.</p><p>The plant is expected to generate up to 300,000 pounds of steam for 225 steam customers in downtown Lansing, replacing the Moores Park Steam Plant. It also will provide 100 megawatts of electricity, about 20 percent of the utility's electric generation.</p><p>The Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light offers water, electric, steam and chilled water service to more than 100,000 residential and business customers. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:15:29 +0000 Mark Brush 13302 at http://michiganradio.org New power plant will go online in Lansing, Michigan this Monday Increased horizontal hydraulic fracturing is causing concerns in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/increased-horizontal-hydraulic-fracturing-causing-concerns-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Right now we have abundant supplies of natural gas because of what the U.S. Energy Information administration calls robust inshore production, there is a glut of natural gas and that means cheaper gas.</span></p><p>This increased supply is mostly due to hydraulic fracturing - more importantly, a newer way to use the drilling method, horizontal hydraulic fracturing. Horizontal fracking has made it easier and cheaper to extract natural gas and oil from shale deposits in the U.S. and around the globe. Horizontal fracking has meant a boom in gas drilling in the U.S. and it's meant more jobs in certain areas of the country. It’s meant less dependence on foreign sources for energy. And because burning natural gas emits about half the CO2 emissions of coal or oil, it means less of the greenhouse gases that are causing climate change. It also means families can heat their homes more cheaply.</p><p>But there are also risks and concerns. The extraordinary expansion of natural gas extraction through this use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing is causing some real concerns about risks to air and water quality.</p><p>Andy Hoffman, a professor of sustainable enterprise at the University of Michigan, and Abrahm&nbsp;Lustgarten, a reporter for ProPublica, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:41:12 +0000 Stateside Staff 13238 at http://michiganradio.org Increased horizontal hydraulic fracturing is causing concerns in Michigan