Michigan Chamber Urges Voters Not to Sign Flawed Petition That Would Severely Limit Michigan's Energy Future

April 14, 2015

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in response to today’s decision by the State Board of Canvassers to allow a ballot question committee to try for a third time to totally prohibit a safe and proven method of energy exploration. 

“We’re very disappointed in today’s decision by the State Board of Canvassers to allow a badly flawed petition to ban hydraulic fracturing in Michigan to be circulated by a group that is not being straightforward with voters about the content of their proposal. The petition language is deliberately vague and fails to give voters fair notice that this proposal is an unprecedented attack on private property rights that would limit energy production, result in lost jobs, increase the cost of home heating and substantially reduce state funding for parks and recreation.”

“We strongly urge voters not to sign this flawed petition that would severely limit Michigan’s energy future.”