UPDATE: This story, unfortunately, contained an inaccuracy, which a reader has been kind enough to correct in comments below. The story is also corrected. Apologies for any confusion– media coverage of fracking is, as we all know, less comprehensive than we might desire.
Today, Vermont’s Governor Peter Shumlin signed the law recently passed by the Vermont legislature to ban hydrofracking in the state. The Washington Post notes that there is no significant reserve of oil and gas in the first state to institute a ban on the process.
The State of Michigan is
not currently experiencing gas company interest in fracking in its borders, either. However, experiencing major pressure from gas companies that are buying up mineral rights and applying for permits to frack, even in state forests (see comment below). Additionally, it has more than 1,000 injection wells, and 12,000 conventional gas and oil wells. Some citizens in Michigan are concerned that the state could become a repository for frack waste that is generated in other states, too. In Michigan, ballot initiatives are allowed for the purpose of making changes to the state’s constitution. According to EcoWatch, these Michigan citizens hope to make Michigan the first state to have a prohibition on fracking and the storage of frack waste in its constitution, beyond the reach of legislators.
Michigan is the only state in the nation where citizens are attempting to ban fracking by amendment to a state constitution….
The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan is required to submit 322,609 valid signatures from Michigan voters by July 9 to the Bureau of Elections, in order to place the proposed amendment on the ballot in November.