Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder gave his “special address” on energy and the environment.
In it, he said it is impossible to ignore the connections between economics, energy, and the environment while talking about subjects like land management, invasive species, and urban farming.
Here are the highlights for those who missed it:
1) Pushing for more natural gas, says Michigan has safe "fracking"
In a section of his speech on Michigan’s energy future, the governor said he was bullish on natural gas.
With regard to the extraction and production of the gas, Governor Snyder suggested that Michigan has been safely hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” for a long time.
In his address, Gov. Snyder said "hydraulic fracturing" and "horizontal drilling" have been around for decades.
...some have expressed concerns about what these technologies mean for Michigan’s environment. Neither fracking nor horizontal drilling is a new technology—they have been used in Michigan for many decades. None of the fracking that has been done in Michigan has resulted in a single water quality problem.
What might have been missed in the Governor’s statement is the distinction between hydraulic fracturing and horizontal hydraulic fracturing.