Watching Government: Michigan’s new fracing rules

Nick SnowWashington EditorOne week before a US Department of Energy secretarial advisory subcommittee was scheduled to open a 2-day meeting to discuss hydraulic fracturing questions, Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality issued three new fracing regulations.The rules, which the state’s DEQ announced on May 25, require well operators to document where they plan to get the fresh water used in the state agency’s water withdrawal tool to ensure that neither surface water nor neighboring water wells are affected, and to report the total fracing water volumes recovered.Operators also must disclose all Material Safety Data Sheets, which list characteristics of fracing ...

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