Frack Target: Antrim, Collingwood and Utica Shale
Water Resources at Risk: Mullet Lake, Houghton Lake, Muskegon River, Manistree River, Au Sable River, and others
Michigan has a history of oil and gas drilling with 12,000 wells that have been hydraulically fractured, the majority in the Antrim Shale. However a new gas discovery in the Collingwood Shale threatens to use substantially more fresh water and chemicals, and comes with many unknown consequences to the environment and its long term impact. This increase in fresh water usage strains water resources, as fracking in Collingwood requires millions of gallons of water at a time. Additionally, though new permitting instructions are in place for drillers to supply safety information to the state about the chemicals used in fracking, drillers are still not forced to report any chemicals that may be considered a “trade secret,” abetting drillers to continue to use harmful chemicals discreetly.
Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred in Michigan. Click on any fraccident to learn more.