University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers released on September 23 the final version of a report analyzing policy options for the state of Michigan regarding high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.
The final report of the Michigan Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment consists of six chapters totaling nearly 200 pages. The two-part integrated assessment took three years to complete and is the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.
Mr. Dan Wyant, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, issued a statement on Sept. 23 praising the U-M hydraulic fracturing report and expressing appreciation that many of the state’s suggestions were incorporated into the final version.
“The state of Michigan appreciates the Graham Sustainability Institute’s work to produce a comprehensive, thoughtful look at issues around oil and gas production in Michigan,” Mr. Wyant said. “This report offers some useful information and options for state regulators to consider in the months and years ahead.”
Gov. Rick Snyder praised the project in a March 2015 speech about energy policy, saying its findings had already helped shape changes to state rules regarding hydraulic fracturing.
Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute oversaw the project which was a partnership of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute and the Risk Science Center located located at the School of Public Health, along with the U-M Energy Institute, and the Erb Institute.
The key contribution of the final report is an analysis of Michigan-specific options in the areas of public participation, water resources and chemical use related to high-volume hydraulic fracturing. The report was written by Michigan faculty researchers with support from students and Graham Sustainability Institute staff members.
For more information and to read the executive summary and final report, click here.