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Fracking as a community issue in Michigan

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June 2014


This report presents the opinions of Michigan local government leaders on issues in their communities related to the process of extracting natural gas through high-volume hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling of underground shale deposits, also known as "fracking." The findings in this report are based on a statewide survey of local government leaders in the Fall 2013 wave of the Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS).

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Note: In a June 14, 2014 blog at, the Independent Petroleum Association of America criticized this CLOSUP MPPS report and survey and made statements that are not supported by MPPS data. CLOSUP disputes IPAA's characterization of the MPPS findings. Read more here.

Keywords: Economy and Economic Development, Land Use, Public Opinion

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