Opponents of fracking to hold "Michigan Fracktivism" event Monday
Caroline MacGregor November 9, 2012 | WGVU Representatives
with Michigan Land Air Water Defense, Citizens Against Drilling on Public
Lands, and supporters of Food & Water Watch and FLOW will gather for the
event, Michigan Fracktivism: How Citizens can Protect Their Water, Land
Tia Lebhertz, an organizer with Food and Water Watch,calls fracking a controversial form of
energy extraction which uses high volumes of water mixed with sand and
chemicals to access natural gas bound in deep, tight shale formations. She says fracking is linked to water
contamination and climate change and the chemicals used in the process include
“Scientists have found that 25% of the over 700 chemicals used in their cocktail mix - 25 percent of them have been linked to cancer, 37 percent could disrupt the reproductive system, 40-50 percent could affect the nervous, immune or cardiovascular systems. There's a big cause concern, especially with the high volumes that we're injecting underground.”
says there are currently 40 permitted wells for hydraulic fracking across Michigan and last month, the mineral rights of hundreds of thousands of acres of state
forest land, including 12 thousand acres in Allegan were leased to the oil and
gas industry for exploration.
We placed a
calls to the American Petroleum Institute for comment on fracking and the
possible risks involved but have so far not received a response.
Participants in Monday
night’s Michigan Fracktivism event at the Griswold Auditorium in Allegan include
Food & Water Watch Executive Director Wenonah Hauter, and environmental lawyer,
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