U-M technical reports examine hydraulic fracturing in Michigan

U-M researchers recently released seven technical reports that together form the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking. The studies examine seven critical topics related to fracking: technology, geology and hydrogeology, environment and ecology, public health, policy and law, economics, and public perceptions.

“Having this comprehensive, state-specific set of reports will be an invaluable resource that will help guide future decision-making on this issue—and hopefully will help Michigan avoid some of the pitfalls encountered in other states,” says John Callewaert, project director and director of integrated assessment at U-M’s Graham Sustainability Institute, which is overseeing the project.

Recently, a small number of deep, directionally drilled, high-volume hydraulically fractured wells were completed in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.

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