LANSING (WKZO) -- The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has issued regulations on fracking, and Kalamazoo State Representative says they're a step in the right direction.
Fracking is the process of pumping large amounts of water into underground rocks to break them up and release oil, and there's been disagreement over how safe it is. Democratic State Representative Sean McCann says that the new rules from the DEQ regarding fracking in Michigan are focused on four areas -- water withdrawal assessments, water quality sampling, monitoring and reporting, and chemical additive disclosure. He's pleased that there will at least be close monitoring of whether the practice is polluting water.
McCann says that the rules ensure that fracking is done safely, without outright banning the practice. He thinks that's a good middle ground approach. He's also introduced a bill that would require fracking large operations to use Michigan's water withdrawal assessment tool to screen for adverse impacts.