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Is fracking destroying Michigan's environment? A Q&A

By Jim Mackinnon Published: August 24, 2012

Is hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, damaging the environment in Michigan? The Energy Collective has excerpts from a Michigan Q&A on the subject:

"'We will never have bipartisan support for a sensible, comprehensive domestic energy policy until realism and fact can supersede ideology and fiction.'

"The line above, from Southern Methodist University’s Bernard Weinstein and quoted in yesterday’s post on energy policy, bears regular repeating because of the damaging role misinformation and deception play in hindering development of America’s energy resources."

"In the interests of promoting “realism and fact” in the discussion of hydraulic fracturing, check out this Q&A produced earlier this year by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. We haven’t seen a better one-stop shop for basic information as well as the debunking of fracking myths – from flammable water faucets to earthquakes (h/tSteve Everley)."

Read the Energy Collective excerpts here.

Read the whole Q&A here.

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