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DEQ, DNR to host oil and gas meetings

April 23, 2013                                                                                                                          13-0423


For More Information                                      Brad Wurfel, 517-241-7395, 

                                                                        Ed Golder, 517-335-3014, 


Leasing and fracturing key agenda issues for public forums

The DEQ today announced three public information meetings scheduled in key areas of the state to help residents better understand the process for gas and oil development in Michigan. 

The meetings, scheduled for Troy, Muskegon and Traverse City, will include presentations by DEQ and Department of Natural Resources experts to outline how the state leases and oversees development of gas and oil deposits while protecting the environment and public health.

The DNR will host a biannual mineral rights auction May 9 in Lansing, and officials want to give residents who live in the affected 17 counties an opportunity to better understand the process and get answers to questions.

The following public meetings will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.:

April 30 -- TROY: The Management Education Center (MEC)

Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098


May 1 - Muskegon: Stevenson Center, 1100 Lecture Hall

Muskegon Community College

221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442


May 2 - Traverse City: Holiday Inn West Bay

615 East Front St.

Traverse City, MI 49686

Michigan has a long history of developing gas and oil reserves, dating back nearly 90 years. Operators in the state have used hydraulic fracturing to maximize well production on more than 12,000 wells since the 1952 without harming surface or groundwater. While market prices have subdued development for the past few years, regulators expect future growth and want to inform interested residents about how the process works and what they can expect.