Column: Truths about fracking

By Sen. Joe Hune, R-Hamburg
October 10, 2013

With the recent talk of natural gas exploration in Northwestern Livingston County, I would like to provide you with some facts about the practice provided to me by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The DEQ exists to protect the environment and public health by regulating industrial activity that may impact air, water and soil. The DEQ monitors gas and oil production in Michigan as well. The DEQ claims confidence in its ability to protect the public and allow the gas and oil industry to continue developing local energy sources.

Fracking works by pumping a mixture of water, sand and a small amount of chemicals into an oil or gas formation deep underground and applies pressure. The pressure fractures rock layers, releasing oil or gas reserves. The sand holds the fractures open to continue allowing the oil or gas to flow into the well.

Furthermore, state regulators have been studying fracking for five decades. As the lead regulatory agency in Michigan. The department claims that with over 12,000 wells in Michigan, there has not been one incident to date.

Most of the concerns that I have heard about fracking have quite understandably been environmental and health damages it may cause.

If you feel that there is any sort of leak or other wrongdoing, please feel free to contact the DEQ’s Pollution Emergency Alerting System at 810-292-4706. For more facts about fracking in Michigan, please visit As always, feel free to contact my office at 1-855-JOE-HUNE, or email us at Our office will be happy to assist you.

Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.