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Protesters Fight Against Fracking

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Protesters from all over Michigan fight against what they think is a dangerous process used by the Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR held an auction for publicly owned mineral rights which is the right to explore gas and oil deposits. Companies can lease this land and use a procedure called fracking.

Fracking is a process that pumps water, sand and a small amount of chemicals at high pressure into the ground to obtain oil and natural gas.

"So the biggest problem with hydraulic fracturing is that it actually permanently removes water form the water cycle so the water that's used in the process can never return back to our rivers our streams or our water tables," said Brian Keeley, from County Water Conservation.

The protesters were concerned about the side effects this procedure has on our water and climate, but others think that they are just misinformed.

"The gas and oil industry in this state the last decade has had spills, they've had various environmental problems. Not a single one of these has eve been attributed to hydraulic fracturing," said Brad Wurfel, communications director at the Department of Environmental Quality.

Protesters say they will be heard and something will be done.

"The DNR needs to reexamine their 30 year old and gas leasing policies with respect to state land," said Steve Losher, from the Michigan Land Air and Water defense.

You can get more information on their website.

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