Inside the Newsroom @ A2 Journal

Welcome to Inside the Newsroom @ A2 Journal, a blog written by the newspaper's staff at A2 Journal, a new, weekly, community newspaper covering Ann Arbor. This blog is a place for members of the newspaper's staff to write their thoughts, observations, opinions and other informative pieces they put together while covering the rich history, interesting people, institutions and traditions that make Ann Arbor such a unique community.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Fracking in Washtenaw County

It was incredibly informative attending a town hall on the fracking issue in our state's Brooklyn last night, where Dr. Christopher Grobbel of Grobbel Environmental discussed the history of resource recovery in our state.

He also discussed a number of terms and several cases in which oil and natural gas recovery efforts have gone horribly, horribly wrong. I'm in the process of compiling notes and research for the article, which I hope folks spread around to friends and neighbors in Washtenaw.

If there's even a small chance that some of the worst case scenarios that have happened around the state under the current regulatory framework could happen in this county, I think it's worth resisting the oil companies.

I'm not opposed to drilling outright, but it's pretty clear after spending my evening in Brooklyn hearing Grobbel and several local officials like the Supervisor of Norvell Township recount their experiences dealing with the DEQ, that there's something wrong with how oil and gas recovery is regulated by the state.


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