An initiative is scheduled to Ban Fracking in Michigan this year. If only they can get enough support! Do you know anyone in Michigan you can tell to sign up and sign the petition? Their website is http://www.LetsBanFracking.org.
This is crucial for you to get behind right now in YOUR state! I live in Arizona, we will be affected most by this where water is already scarce. According to this breaking article at http://www.EcoWatch.org we could be severely attacked by the green washed "clean" natural gas industry. We NEED to preempt their ability to preempt us! We need to make our OWN laws to prevent them from making bad ones, and kick them out of office at the same time. That's why you must be a member of our critical mass. Go to our website http://www.ActivismTruth.com to be part of the solution that is the ballot initiative process combined with online "meta-democracy," where we investigate issues and vote on policy among one another. The masses are behind these movements, we just need to unite them. Banning Fracking is the least we can do with this process. We can create a constitution to protect our environment and drinking water legally, as a popular vote! To anyone that says the 10th amendment is null and void, they're wrong about that. Also, we have lot's of options but we need critical masses. Join us. Pass this blog on to those who are interested, and we can unite for this national and international critical mass action.
This bill can be drafted for any state, just some supporters, a constitutional lawyer or two, some election lawyers, and we got ourselves a campaign. It's time to fund raise and collect some signatures.
INITIATION OF LEGISLATION
FULL TEXT OF THE LEGISLATIVE PROPOSAL (Language added to the statute is shown in capital letters and deleted language is struck out with a line):An initiation of Legislation to prohibit the use of horizontal hydraulic fracturing and production, storage, disposal, and processing of horizontal hydraulic fracturing wastes in Michigan; to eliminate the state’s policy favoring ultimate recovery of maximum production of oil and gas; and to protect public health, land, water, and air by amending Public Act 451 of 1994 entitled "Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act," by amending sections 61502 and 61504 and by adding section 61528 to read as follows:
The People of the State of Michigan enact:
MCL 324.61502 Construction of partIt has long been the declared policy of this state to foster conservation of natural resources so that our citizens may continue to enjoy the fruits and profits of those resources. Failure to adopt such a policy in the pioneer days of the state permitted the unwarranted slaughter and removal of magnificent timber abounding in the state, which resulted in an immeasurable loss and waste. In an effort to replace some of this loss, millions of dollars have been spent in reforestation, which could have been saved had the original timber been removed under proper conditions.
MCL 324.61504 Waste prohibitedA person shall not commit waste in the exploration for or in the development, DRILLING, COMPLETION, production, handling, or use of oil or gas, or in the handling of any product of oil or gas.
MCL 324.61528 HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PROHIBITED(1) TO ENSURE THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND GENERAL WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE AND TO PROTECT PLANTS, ANIMALS, AIR, LAND, AND WATER, NO PERSON, CORPORATION OR OTHER ENTITY SHALL USE, NOR SHALL THE DEPARTMENT PERMIT THE USE OF, HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING IN THE STATE, NOR SHALL A PERSON, CORPORATION, OR OTHER ENTITY STORE, DISPOSE, OR PROCESS IN THE STATE, WASTES USED OR PRODUCED IN HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING.
(2) “HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING” AS USED IN THIS PART MEANS THE TECHNIQUE OF EXPANDING OR CREATING ROCK FRACTURES LEADING FROM SUBSTANTIALLY HORIZONTAL WELLBORES, BY INJECTING SUBSTANCES INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WATER, FLUIDS, CHEMICALS, AND PROPPANTS, UNDER PRESSURE, INTO OR UNDER ROCK FORMATIONS, FOR PURPOSES OF EXPLORATION, DRILLING, COMPLETION, OR PRODUCTION OF OIL OR NATURAL GAS.
(3) “HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING WASTE” AS USED IN THIS PART MEANS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING IN REGARD TO HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING:
(a) INJECTION OF FRACTURING FLUIDS CONSISTING OF, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, WATER, CHEMICALS, PROPPANTS, AND ADDITIVES USED FOR HORIZONTAL HYDRAULIC FRACTURING.
(b) PRODUCTION OF BRINES, FLOWBACK, PRODUCED WATER, RESIDUAL FLUIDS, OR DRILL CUTTINGS THAT RETURN TO THE SURFACE IN THE HORIZONTAL DRILLING AND HYDRAULIC FRACTURING PROCESS.