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Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan
Get the Facts on Fracking
Hydraulic fracturing has been in the news, but this process for enhancing gas and oil production is far from new. To reveal some facts about what fracking is, how it works, and insights on some common fracking myths select the link below:
Information about testing water well quality
Due to the special interest in this topic the following resources are collected here for easy reference. Hydraulic fracturing is also referred to as hydrofracking, hydrofracturing, or simply "fracking."
Oil & Gas Pre-Drill Water Well Testing Created by the DEQ.
Water Well Supervisor of Wells Instruction 1-2013 Water Well Requirements.
Water Wells in Proximity to Oil and Gas Development: What You Need to Know
Created and distributed by the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) and the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC). Information you can use to protect your water supply.
For more information about hydrofracking and related considerations please consider the following sites:
Additional well specific information:
- - Also found on the Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals web pages - -
Bulletin 08: Stratigraphic Lexicon for Michigan ; P. A. Catacosinos, 2001; A comprehensive compilation of stratigraphic terms with accompanying stratigraphic chart All counties, Nomenclature, Stratigraphy
Bulletin 08: Chart of the Stratigraphic Nomenclature for Michigan ; P. A. Catacosinos, 2001; 1 colored sheet 17" by 22" folded to 8.5" by 11", included as part of Bulletin 8 All counties, Nomenclature, Stratigraphy
The references listed above are only two of the over 1,500+ digital files about Geology in Michigan. To access the full catalog go to the Digital Geology Catalog
Michigan Geologic Maps
Oil & Gas Drilling Unit Maps by County
The Office of Geological Survey has an on-going project making maps showing oil and gas drilling units.
Oil & Gas web pages - indexed at:
Online Michigan Oil & Gas database
Background and help for using the Online Michigan Oil & Gas database http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,1607,7-135-3311_4111_4231-98518--,00.html