Water Withdrawals and Hydrofracking
Protect Michigan's Waters from Excessive Withdrawals and Contamination
Clean fresh water is essential to our human and ecological health, as well as Michigan’s economic pillars. We must address the unprecedented threats that our waters—especially groundwater—face from over-extraction and contamination. Of distinct concern are our state’s large-scale water withdrawal process and the water-intensive oil and gas drilling method known as high-volume hydraulic fracturing or “hydrofracking”. In order to prevent harm to our rivers, lakes and streams, Michigan must take necessary steps to update our water withdrawal process for all large-scale water users, while strengthening hydrofracking regulations to include full chemical disclosure and likely impacts to Michigan’s waters.