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Michigan To Create New Fracking Rules

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Environmentalists are very concerned about oil and gas exploration using a slanted pipe that goes underground. The state is issuing new regulations to protect the state's groundwater.

The DEQ director concedes there is not a 100 percent guarantee against potential damage, but Michigan is a leader in the cause.

"We can't give guarantees. We know there can be problems and there have been issues nationally. What we can do is give the public assurances that we have the strongest regulation program," said Dan Wyant, theDEQ director.

Since 1952, 12,000 fracking wells have been drilled with no recorded incidents of contaminating groundwater.

"There's a lot of nonsense and a lot of fear, but on the issue of water and chemical disclosure, we're not doing a good enough job of explaining ourselves. I think this will help," said John Griffin, an oil industry lobbyist.

There's a great safety record, but democrats have raised concerns about fracking

"I'm concerned about somebody sending some pipe at an angle under people's houses. Stuff comes up and gets into their water. It could be hazardous," said State Rep. Andy Schor.

The state pledges to do unannounced inspections of the wells to make sure the environment is not damaged. The regulations which will take about nine months to implement.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The state says it's creating new rules to protect the environment from underground fracking exploration.

12,000 wells have been drilled in Michigan and so far, there's been no damage to the water supply, according to the State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), where the announcement was made Tuesday.

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