Environmental activists raise concern over fracking proposal in Barry County

Environmental activists raise concern over fracking proposal in Barry County. (Ray Hole WWMT)

HASTINGS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Sierra Club was in Hastings to talk with residents about fracking after the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality considers whether or not it will issue the first permit for hydraulic oil well fracturing in Barry County.

Newschannel 3's Mike Krafcik reported on what the activists are warning residents about fracking.

A Texas based oil company submitted an application in June to drill a well 6,000 feet into the ground on a property on Sisson Rd. in Carlton Township.

According to the DEQ, the fracking operation would use nearly one million gallons of chemically treated fluid in order to extract the oil.

The Sierra Club and local activists met to discuss what they call potential health impacts to fracking, including the creation of toxic wastes, which they say could pose harm to the water quality in Michigan.

Local activists against fracking have been going to door-to-door throughout Carlton Township to raise awareness about the proposed fracking well, known as Boulter 1-17.

The Sierra Club said anyone concerned over the plan has until the Monday deadline to submit a written letter to the DEQ.

Craig Brianard, Sierra Club of Southwest Michigan, said, “Hopefully the people who were listening to my presentation today will be motivated to take action, to band together, to organize."

There is a movement to ban fracking in Michigan.

The DEQ has stated that hydraulic fracturing has never caused water contamination in Michigan.

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