What the frack?
Controversy over fracking in Michigan prompts calls for ban, moratorium
Published: June 15, 2011
As Rita Chapman of the Sierra Club tells us, the federal EPA is conducting an in-depth investigation of the issue, with a final report not due until 2014. Why not wait until all the evidence is in until we throw wide open the doors to horizontal fracking?
Well, there is the matter of a state economy that is among the worst in the nation, with high unemployment and staggering deficits. That makes it hard to say even "whoa" to this industry. Hugh McDiarmid Jr. of the Michigan Environmental Council say, achieving even a moratorium — much less an outright ban — in this current political climate is a mighty tall hurdle to leap.
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