"Fracking" Debate Comes to Oakland County

February 13, 2013

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash

Michigan has issued new leases allowing companies to drill for oil and natural gas on state land in Oakland County using the process known as hydraulic fracturing. Environmentalists say drilling up to two miles down and several miles across—then blasting rock formations with water and chemicals to release the gas and oil—can cause significant damage. Supporters say the impact of “fracking” has been exaggerated, and that drilling for domestic oil is good for the economy. Jim Nash, Oakland County’s newly-elected water resources commissioner will host the first of several town hall meetings on the issue this month. He tells WDET's Pat Batcheller that residents are right to be concerned about fracking. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

The first town hall meeting on fracking takes place on February 27th at the West Bloomfield Township Hall. Learn more about the Oakland County Water Resources Commission here.