University of Michigan taking a broad look at the effects of fracking

Mar 5, 2013

The University of Michigan is undertaking a broad review of the effects of Michigan’s growing natural gas industry.   U of M researchers met with environmentalists and industry officials today in Lansing.

Most natural gas is extracted using a process called hydraulic fracturing, otherwise known as fracking. There are concerns that fracking might cause health and environmental problems.   But supporters say fracking is helping boost Michigan’s economy. 

John Callewaert is overseeing the multi-disciplinary study.  He insists it’s not ‘too late’ to review the effects of fracking in Michigan.

“Yes activity has started. There is high volume activity in Michigan, but it’s very limited,” says Callewaert, “So it’s a good opportunity…it’s a good time…to have this conversation…to do this kind of analysis.”

The study’s initial findings should come out this summer. 

U of M’s final report on fracking is due next year.