Project gets hydraulic fracturing permit in Michigan

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      …A Texas-based company has the state’s blessing to inject 3 million gallons of water, sand and a chemical mixture into a geological formation in Conway Township in hopes of tapping oil and gas. GeoSouthern Energy Corp. on Sept. 3 was granted a high-volume hydraulic-fracturing permit allowing the company to extract crude oil, natural gas or both across about 1 mile in the northwestern Livingston County community north of Fowlerville. Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has been met with criticism by environmental groups because little reporting is required about the chemicals injected into the ground. In Michigan, high-volume hydraulic fracturing has additional environmental safeguards, including some disclosure of chemicals used and injection-pressure monitoring, explained Adam Wygant, section chief with the Department of Environmental Quality’s Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals….

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