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Tuesday, March 11, is the Day to Speak Out on Fracking in Oakland County

Fracking, the process used to force oil and natural gas out from deep underground, is the subject of an upcoming town hall meeting in Rochester Hills.

Water Commissioner Jim Nash is hosting a meeting Tuesday, March 11, on fracking in Oakland County. (Patch file photo)
Water Commissioner Jim Nash is hosting a meeting Tuesday, March 11, on fracking in Oakland County. (Patch file photo)

Rochester Hills and other Oakland County residents will have an opportunity Tuesday to speak out about fracking and the potential effect the practice could have on the environment.

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash is planning another in a series of town hall meetings to focus on the impact of new state-issued oil and natural gas drilling leases in Oakland County.

The town meeting is at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Rochester High school, 180 S. Livernois Road, Rochester Hills. Nash, representatives of the oil and gas industry, and representatives of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are expected to make presentations, and a question-and-answer period will follow.

Over the past year, Jordan Development Co. and others have leased or purchased mineral rights in Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills and thousands of acres of land in Oakland County and the region for exploration and possible drilling.

Horizontal oil and gas drilling appear to be coming to the area, though high-volume fracking may not be part of the process, Nash said a news release. Homeowners have voiced concern about spills, noise, and increased truck and equipment traffic in urban and suburban settings.

Fracking, the common term for slick water horizontal fracturing, drills wells up to two miles into the Earth, then turns the drill bit horizontally to drill up to several miles. The resulting well then fills up with millions of gallons of fresh water mixed with sand, salts and chemicals. The mixture is then subjected to bursts of intense pressure to loosen rock formations and release natural gas. Critics of the process fear possible contamination of groundwater resources, as well as concerns about the disposal of the resulting fracking fluids.

Read more on Patch:

>>>Hear From Experts About Oil-Drilling Leases at Town Hall Meeting this Week

>>>Is There Oil Under Rochester Hills? A Michigan Company Wants to Drill to Find Out

DISCUSS: Do you have concerns about fracking in Oakland County? Tell us what you think in the comments.

Emily Dye March 04, 2014 at 09:33 AM
Fracking not only contaminates water wells, but also damages landscapes and animal habitats, is noisy and greatly increases vehicle traffic on and near the fracking sites. Fracking is an extremely inefficient means of extracting fossil fuels from rock. The oil or gas that is extracted is done so at a far higher dollar price and environmental price when compared to crude oil, for example. It takes a great deal of gas, gasoline and electricity to extract the oil or gas, so it's financially risky and often unprofitable. In contrast, investing those dollars into harnessing solar, wind, wave, bio and celestial energy and fuels are almost guaranteed a sure bet with less damage to land, water, air and life. Knock good business sense into the heads of frackers. There are much more profitable forms of energy than rock-trapped fossil fuel deposits that can be exploited with much less damage.
art March 04, 2014 at 03:37 PM
In contrast, investing those dollars into harnessing solar, wind, wave, bio and celestial energy and fuels are almost guaranteed a sure bet with less damage to land, water, air and life. Well one can start with the lawsuit filed by residents in the Central Michigan area concerning the noise of the power companies windmills. Or perhaps the fact that more American Bald Eagles have been killed by these wind mills than by man. Perhaps will can settle for the billions of dollars the govt in the last 5 yerars have wasted on battery/solar companies and their failures and bio has not been proven effective or profitable. On the other, you could wait around for all of these to become technically effective and profitable if we all live that long. Fracking has been proven to be an effective way to get the natural gas that we need.
Aimee McDowell March 06, 2014 at 03:50 PM
Internet TROLLS, also known as paid “forum posters”, “internet bloggers,” or if we call them what they really are, SHILLS, are increasingly being employed by private corporations and contracted agencies, sometimes for marketing purposes, but mostly to distract from the truth and prevent public outcry about dangerous programs such as geoengineering, genetically modified foods, and any issue where profiteers put their bottom line and lust for control over the destruction of the planet and at the expense of our health.
Aimee McDowell March 06, 2014 at 05:06 PM
Recently I went to a meeting on Fracking at the Loveland Public Library in Loveland Colorado. A PHD in Troposphere science did studies of the air quality of several Fracking sites the study concluded that the Ozone levels were highly influenced by the Fracking operations and the Ozone levels in Weld County Colorado were at the EPA maximum level. The EPA maximum level in the US is higher than any other country for Ozone. There was a retired medical doctor also presenting that night at the library. He concluded that children and elderly are at a risk from high Ozone levels. There is also studies that conclude increased earthquakes near Fracking operations. This is enough for me to conclude that no Fracking operations should be approved. The comment before my first comment is ridiculous. We do not need to endanger our children!!!
art March 06, 2014 at 06:32 PM
Aimee: Apparently you are right about internet TROLLS! Welcome!

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