New bills would increase fracking safeguards

New bills would increase fracking safeguards

LANSING — A package of bills addressing the use of high volume hydraulic fracturing to harvest oil or gas reserves- commonly known as “fracking” – was introduced to the Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday.

A group of House Democrats who sponsored the eight bills say they will increase safeguards on new fracking operations. Among several proposed changes, the bills would require fracking sites to be set back 5,000 feet from areas like schools, hospitals, and homes, and would require the disclosure of chemicals used in the process.

The Michigan DEQ’s website shows that 38 active permits exist for large volume hydraulic fracturing sites, all located in the Lower Peninsula.

Click on the links below to view details on each bill in the package: