U-M researchers will brief officials on fracking March 5 in Lansing

February 21, 2013


DATE: 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, 2013

EVENT: University of Michigan researchers will brief state officials and others about a detailed study underway at U-M to examine the potential environmental and societal impacts to the state from hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas drilling process known as fracking.

All members of the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives have been invited, as well as other key state officials and representatives from industry, academia and nongovernmental organizations.

At the event, U-M experts will provide an overview of the project and the technical reports being prepared on seven subject areas: human health, environment and ecology, economics, social/public perception, policy and law, geology and hydrodynamics, and technology. Findings from the technical reports, which have not been completed, will NOT be presented.

Due to space limitations, the event is not open to the general public, but reporters are invited to attend. In addition, the public and reporters can view the meeting on a live webcast by registering by March 1 at http://sustainability.umich.edu/events/hydraulic-fracturing-michigan-integrated-assessment-overview-discussion. An agenda is available at the website.

PLACE: Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, 111 N. Grand Ave., Lansing

SPONSOR: U-M Graham Sustainability Institute

CONTACT: John Callewaert, the Graham Sustainability Institute’s integrated assessment program director, (734) 615-3752 or jcallew@umich.edu

INFORMATION: http://graham.umich.edu/ia/hydraulic-fracturing.php