Oil and gas money is alluring and charming indeed. But the most important part of all the volunteer meetings is that what is coming is “unconventional” fracking. It’s not the type of drilling that was done 60 years ago. The new way requires massive amounts of water. Up to 30 million gallons per frack has been requested in Kalkaska County. Remember, the water is never again drinkable. That’s not clean energy, and a high cost for “cheap.”
Lovely Colorado has benzene in a river now. Do we think Michigan is immune? Do we think the folks in Colorado are just flaky? Pennsylvanians weird? New Yorkers too ditzy? How about our neighbors in Ohio? All these people don’t spend their time researching & protesting for the fun of it. The oil men are paid to promote their cause; concerned citizens feel a duty to protect resources, or at least their property values. A moratorium could allow us to protect our assets, and the charm of fresh water.
Unconventional horizontal slick-water hydro-fracturing takes fresh water out of our aquifer, and in the best-case scenario, it doesn’t return.