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Michigan grants fracking contract 88 kilometers from Detroit

The permit allows injection of three million gallons of water, as well as sand and a mixture of as many as 30 chemicals.



CONWAY TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Texas-based business has been granted a high-volume hydraulic fracturing permit to extract natural gas, crude oil or both in a Michigan community.

The Livingston County Daily Press & Argus of Howell reports GeoSouthern Energy received permission from Michigan earlier this month. The project is planned for Livingston County’s Conway Township, located about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) northwest of Detroit.

GeoSouthern’s Michigan Department of Environmental Quality permit allows the company to drill about 4,400 feet into the ground and 5,000 horizontally. The permit allows injection of three million gallons of water, as well as sand and a mixture of as many as 30 chemicals.

The natural gas extraction method is known as “fracking.” Nineteen high-volume wells, which require more than 100,000 gallons of water and chemicals, have been completed statewide.

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