Reader appreciates comments in Fracking article

Reader appreciates comments in Fracking article


Michigan’s natural gas supply has the potential to not only help transform our own state’s energy structure, but our nation’s as well. With three shale plays within the state, Michigan continues to grow as a leader in natural gas production, creating more jobs, a more stable economy and a cleaner energy future. But this only matters if we can produce natural gas safely and we can. Unfortunately, opponents of natural production have provided Michiganders with a lot of misinformation about the process.

Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality top field officer Rick Henderson’s response to hydraulic fracturing opponents (“Michigan’s top field officer defense hydraulic fracturing” 6/13) nicely explains the facts,

background and safety of the process.

As Henderson noted, natural gas is one of the cleanest forms of energy, developed through a process that is highly regulated and has been done safely in Michigan for decades. It is a powerful presence here in Michigan, heating 80 percent of our homes and is quickly becoming a fuel of choice for electricity generation and vehicles coming online in Detroit and elsewhere.

It’s understandable people have questions about natural gas development but as Henderson reminds us, it’s important to let science lead the discussion. As someone who has worked in the natural gas industry for decades, I feel very comfortable with the processes and encourage others to seek the facts on these issues as we continue to engage in this important conversation.

Jim Standley

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