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Fracking Hearing Fills Auditorium

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A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Les Stone
A gas flare burns at a fracking site in rural Bradford County, Pennsylvania January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Les Stone

ALLEGAN, MI  (WKZO) --  They nearly filled Griswold Auditorium with fracking opponents last night as groups that oppose the practice are getting a second petition drive organized to ban it in Michigan and putting together a suit challenging the DNR for allegedly permitting firms to drill on State Land.   They call themselves “fractivists”.

It comes just as the International Energy Agency has released a report projecting that North America could be the top energy producer in the world by 2017 and self-sufficient by 2035 if it begins fracking a lot.

Oil analyst John Kilduff says it’s a balancing act. Some states already ban fracking.  It may be the environmental fight of this century; cheaper energy but at what cost to our water supply and how much regulation do you apply to try to protect one from the other.    

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