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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 19, 2015

CONTACT: Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, www.LetsBanFracking.org

LuAnne Kozma, Campaign Director, 231-944-8750 luanne@letsbanfracking.org

Jim Williams, Public Policy Polling, 919-985-5380 Jim.Williams@PublicPolicyPolling.com

New poll of Michigan voters shows a strong majority supports a statewide ban on fracking and frack wastes as ballot initiative signature-gathering campaign begins May 22

CHARLEVOIX, MICH. – In results from a new poll conducted by Public Policy Partners (PPP) released today by the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, Michigan voters support and would vote yes for the Committee’s statewide ballot proposal ban on fracking and frack wastes by a wide margin.

The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan, a citizen-led ballot initiative group seeking to ban horizontal hydraulic fracturing and frack wastes, kicks off its campaign this week. Volunteer circulators begin collecting signatures starting Friday, May 22, 2015 for a six-month period to qualify for the 2016 ballot.

The telephone poll reached 855 Michigan voters between May 15 and 18, 2015.

“As we begin collecting signatures this weekend, we know that our fellow Michigan residents are with us on a statewide ban. They don’t want fracking and frack wastes to destroy our beautiful state or harm our health as the frack industry has in other states,” said LuAnne Kozma, the Committee’s campaign director.

According to the poll, when asked if the election were held today, a strong majority fifty-five percent (55%) of the respondents said they support the ballot measure that will ban fracking and frack wastes, change the current law that requires the State to foster the gas and oil industry and put in its place a requirement that human health and the environment be protected during oil and gas development, and give Michigan residents the right to sue if the fracking industry violates the ban.

An even wider margin of fifty-nine percent (59%) of the respondents said they support changing the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s directive to focus more on protecting Michigan’s environment and public health during oil and gas development, which is a key part of the Committee’s ballot proposal language.

An overwhelming majority, sixty-four percent (64%) of the respondents support a ban on frack wastes being disposed of in Michigan, including frack wastes produced in other state, after hearing that currently frack wastes, including radioactive drill cuttings, muds and sludges, and millions of gallons of fluids containing toxic chemicals, are disposed of in Michigan landfills, injection wells and at Michigan gas drilling sites.

After learning that Vermont banned fracking and NewYork banned fracking based on concerns about health, and that other states that are heavily fracked such as Colorado and Pennsylvania have hundreds of wells in one county with documented health impacts, fifty-nine (59%) responded that fracking and frack wastes should be banned in Michigan before the industry creates health problems for Michigan residents.

“These results clearly show that Michigan voters have major concerns about fracking and frack waste harming Michigan’s environment and damaging their public health,” said Jim Williams, a polling analyst at Public Policy Polling.

 

“Only a ban can protect us from the significant harms of fracking,” said Peggy Case, president of Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation and on the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan steering committee. “The poll shows that a clear majority, sixty-nine percent (69%), of Michigan residents, dependent as we are on groundwater wells and the Great Lakes for our drinking water, has serious concerns about the risk of water contamination from the frack industry. It is urgent that we move to alternative forms of energy to protect future generations.”

The margin of error is +/- 3.4%.

To learn more about the poll results, click here.

To volunteer to circulate petitions, donate to, or endorse the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan’s campaign, see: http://LetsBanFracking.org

 

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Editorial Comments
 
 
     MCWC began in 2000 as an attempt by citizens in Mecosta to deal with a drop in lake and stream levels due to the pumping of the Nestle Corporation for Ice Mountain bottled water. Citizens rose up to protect their community and its waters, and after a long struggle won a reprieve for those waters and some controls on one of the largest corporations in the world. Nestle is still there, but slowed down considerably and monitored. The Deadstream once again looks like a viable stream and not a mud hole. 
     During that struggle MCWC grew in knowledge and commitment, and expanded its reach to include all the waters of the Great Lakes Basin, realizing they are all connected. Harm to one piece is harm to the rest. We latched onto the Public Trust Doctrine as a necessary means of protecting our waters. We began to look at the other threats to our Great Lakes waters and found them to be numerous. Exotic species invasions, toxic algae blooms, run off pollution from farms and waste dumping by private enterprises, like the Homestead, in Leelanau County.
 
     But the biggest threats to our waters, and in fact to the earth community as a whole, come from the massive increase in the oil and gas industry’s attempts to get the last fossil fuels out of the ground and burned for energy and profit. Rather than prioritize the essential conversion of our energy infrastructure to renewable forms of energy and get off fossil fuels eventually altogether, the oil and gas industry has waged a massive campaign to capture and market some of the dirtiest fuels on the planet and some of the hardest to get. 
 
    Thus we have high volume horizontal hydraulic fracking for oil and natural gas. We have the dirty, landlocked tar sands oil from Alberta reaching for ports and refineries for export. We have a dramatic increase in well drilling or land scraping to get at these fuels. We have the campaigns for new pipelines to transport these fuels, trains to carry them through our farmlands and cities. We have enormous amounts of campaign money flowing to legislators from both parties to keep the exemptions industry enjoys from the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and numerous other environmental protections.
 
     In the end scientists tell us that this level of destruction is totally unnecessary and dangerous. The industry will not be able to extract profit from these “assets.” They are what are called “stranded assets.” In other words we can’t use this stuff anyway. We have to leave 75 % or more of it in the ground if we are to avoid catastrophic climate change. Yet the extraction and damage continue, destroying water, land and air, and ultimately human and ecosystem health in irreversible ways.
 
     Given this gloomy scenario, and our real concern for the planet we leave our children, we set our priorities for our work over the next period in MCWC’s life. It is our hope that we can contribute to a better world for our children. It is our vision that we be part of the solutions and can educate others to join us in this work. Our newsletter outlining the current issues will be posted shortly. Stay tuned and stay active.
 
Peggy Case, President

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November 2014 MCWC Newsletter

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