[DEQ] DEQ Director Wyant issues statement about Graham Sustainability Institute’s final report on hydraulic fracturing

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Sept. 23, 2015

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Brad Wurfel, 517-284-6713, wurfelb@michigan.gov

DEQ Director Dan Wyant today issued the following statement in response to the Graham Sustainability Institute’s issuance of its final report on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan:

“The DEQ takes seriously its role of protecting public health and the environment. We are proud of our regulatory track record on fracturing in Michigan. The staff who work in the DEQ’s Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals are seasoned professionals who understand the industry they regulate as well as this state’s unique geology, both of which are keys to ensuring environmental protection.

“We appreciated having a seat at the table, along with the Michigan DNR and the Michigan Agency for Energy, as the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute completed its work, and the fact that many of our clarifications and recommendations are reflected in the final report.

“The State of Michigan appreciates the Graham Sustainability Institute’s work to produce a comprehensive, thoughtful look at issues around oil and gas production in Michigan. This report offers some useful information and options for state regulators to consider in the months and years ahead.”