Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: U-M researchers study potential impacts on health, environment and economy

U-M researchers are conducting a detailed study of the potential environmental and societal impacts of hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas drilling process known as fracking.

It is the first scientific study about hydraulic fracturing to focus on Michigan.

Researchers are working with government regulators, oil and gas industry representatives and environmental groups to explore seven critical areas related to the use of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: human health, the environment and ecology, economics, technology, public perception, law and policy, and geology/hydrodynamics.

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