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Sierra Club to Support Fracking Ban in Michigan

Members of the Sierra Club are collecting signatures for a ballot initiative to ban the practice of fracking in Michigan. The ballot language would include a ban on high volume hydraulic fracturing and would call for a halt to the importing of radioactive fracking waste from other states.

The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Executive Committee Chair David Holtz says both issues pose risks for Michigan.

There’s a substantial amount of water that’s lost in the fracking process. In addition to the air quality issues, the contamination issues, and the potential for fracking wells contaminate drinking water sources.

- David Holtz, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter Executive Committee Chair.

Holtz says it does not make sense for Michigan to be a dumping ground for other states’ radioactive waste. The club needs more than 250,000 signatures to place the question on the 2016 ballot.

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