The last three election cycles (2012, 2014 and 2016) brought three separate petitions by environmental extremists to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan. Each time, efforts fell far short of collecting the signatures needed to place the proposal on the ballot. Despite their failed efforts, these same groups will likely undertake yet another petition drive to ban hydraulic fracturing in Michigan in 2018. Companies in Michigan have been using hydraulic fracturing to maximize oil and gas production for nearly 50 years. Approximately 12,000 wells have been fractured in that time, and fracturing has never jeopardized the environment or public health.
Where We Stand:
The Michigan Chamber supports responsible oil and gas exploration in Michigan and opposes any attempt to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in the state. To help educate voters about the benefits of energy production in Michigan and the dangers of the false and misleading petition drive to ban hydraulic fracturing in Michigan, the Chamber launched a statewide campaign to "Protect Michigan's Energy Future" in August 2013. Our fight continues in 2017 and beyond as these groups continue to gain strength and relevance in this longstanding debate.