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Grand Rapids

Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: May 2, 2013 5:22:15 AM

State land oil, gas rights auction set for May 9

Updated: Wednesday, 01 May 2013, 11:43 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 01 May 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

By Marc Thompson
MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOOD) - State officials held a public meeting Wednesday at Muskegon Community College to try and clear up what they say are misconceptions about fracking.

On May 9, a public auction will be held to lease oil and gas rights to private companies that want to explore drilling on state-owned land. Up for bid are 5-year leases on 37,652 acres of land in 17 counties. Similar auctions have been held twice a year for decades, but the controversy continues.
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Champion Author Indianapolis

Joined:Mar 2008
Message Posted: May 3, 2013 7:20:40 PM

Thank you for submitting this article, epf.
Champion Author Oakland

Joined:Oct 2009
Message Posted: May 3, 2013 7:18:32 PM

A pre-emptive strike against the NIMBYs.
Champion Author California

Joined:Jan 2010
Message Posted: May 3, 2013 3:06:03 PM

Champion Author Illinois

Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: May 3, 2013 2:12:49 PM

Champion Author San Diego

Joined:Jan 2009
Message Posted: May 3, 2013 10:41:46 AM

No surprise about the controversy of facking. People just hate being killed or poisoned by toxic chemicals being introduced into their environment. When will these fracking companies give a full and complete disclosure of ALL chemicals used and not just this partial and generalized list they claim lists them? Too many lies from the fracking proponents, so the skepticism is justified.
Champion Author Philadelphia

Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: May 3, 2013 10:05:59 AM

Champion Author Texas

Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: May 2, 2013 10:18:19 AM

Well it's not epf.


Regulation of oil and gas activity should remain squarely under individual state supervision. There is no reason the Feds should be involved in issues the states have already stringently set. All the information is available at the site

As more and more SCIENTIFIC studies are added to a growing list of studies showing the safety of hydraulic fracturing, the science denial crowd will overlook the science and continue to promote fear. Yelling "the water's on fire etc.".

They'll continue to chant the thoroughly debunked claims of Josh Fox "Gasland" propaganda.

No disclosure of fracturing fluid?? WRONG again... Just take at look around the site, it's ALL right there for the world to see.

And the latest from the purveyors of fear? Insurance!!! Aha, this will be the nail in the trackers coffin! Oh wait...."Fracking-related losses have never been a covered loss under personal or commercial lines policies." - Nationwide Insurance Co.

So now it's water use eh? As each aspect of the witch hunt against oil and gas production is knocked down by science these yahoos will come up with something else out of the blue. Show me one state where oil and gas comapanies use more than a tiny fraction (far less than 1%) of the total water usage. While your at it show me a state that doesn't allow golf courses to use hundreds of times more water than drilling. You cannot, case closed.

You see, there is a huge amount of deceiving information spouted out to the public about hydraulic fracturing, a decades-old technology. Those who spread this misinformation are mostly preying on the public's fears, with an ultimate goal of forcing state governments to succumb to that fear and prevent or even ban hydraulic fracturing. We need to make sure that the discussion is productive, and that any rules are legitimately conceived. Fact must be sEPArated from fiction.

The most common claim talking point is that hydraulic fracturing contaminates ground water. This is baseless. Have you ever noticed that the critics who make that claim never provide concrete evidence? The reason for their omission? It is obvious why. After being used more than 1.2 million times there have been no confirmed cases of hydraulic fracturing contaminating water. None. Never. Ever.

As EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said in April of 2012, "In no case have we made a definitive determination that the fracking process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater."

The three "smoking gun" cases that the anti-shale zealots were sinking their teeth into have proven false or based on very poor science. See Pavillion WY, Dimoch, PA, and Parker County, TX.

The latest fear mongering is "climate change" thru methane emission from hydraulic fracturing. Once again SCIENTIFIC investigation has shown the EPA using numbers that are overblown by 50%.

Oh and the "evil Halliburton Loophole" talking point! LOL, what a joke. This is the errant claim born out of the yellow journalism of "gasland", a proven fraudulent film by Josh Fox, that hydraulic fracturing is "exempt" from the Safe Drinking Water Act, thanks to an energy bill passed by Congress in 2005. The truth??? SDWA has been the law of the land for nearly 40 years, and at no point has it ever covered hydraulic fracturing. Why??? States already tightly and effectively regulate the process.

How can an industry be exempt from something that never covered you in the first place? But you hear this falsehood talking point most every time the subject comes up.

It is important to rely on facts and the science, not fear-mongering talking points. The shale gas and oil boom is the result of U.S. business innovation and risk-taking. If we let the fear of undocumented pollution kill this boom, we will deserve our fate as a second-class industrial power.
Champion Author Toledo

Joined:Mar 2006
Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:33:43 AM

never any pleaseing eco nazi's
Champion Author Lexington

Joined:Feb 2013
Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:31:36 AM

And the fracking goes on.
Champion Author New Jersey

Joined:Aug 2009
Message Posted: May 2, 2013 6:11:03 AM

Champion Author Oklahoma City

Joined:Dec 2005
Message Posted: May 2, 2013 5:57:26 AM

Did thy serve tea & biscuits?
Champion Author Ottawa

Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: May 2, 2013 5:31:03 AM

Champion Author Grand Rapids

Joined:May 2004
Message Posted: May 2, 2013 5:22:54 AM

Sure would like to see this whole fracking thing go away.
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