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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 firstname.lastname@example.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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