Proposal to ban fracking in Michigan could land on November ballot

Oil's downfall aided by rise of fracking
Posted at 9:38 AM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-06 09:38:55-04

(AP) — A proposal to ban fracking in Michigan could land on the ballot this fall.

The state appeals court last week ruled in favor of fracking opponents and revived their effort to present the issue to voters. The court says election officials were wrong to reject petitions with more than 270,000 signatures in 2018.

The state rejected them because a summary of the proposal had referred to a wrong election date.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process in which millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are injected into wells, releasing oil or gas.

Critics say it threatens the environment.