from “West Michigan Against Fracking”

(The following has been copied-and-pasted from a note posted on the FaceBook page of West Michigan Against Fracking. It is posted here without permission. I have taken this liberty knowing that there are still many people with internet access who are not on FaceBook and won’t join FaceBook in order to read a post.)

Some of the “Play” in Our State By Marge Inuveror in West Michigan Against Fracking (WMAF) · Edit Doc In June of 2008 a US Forest Service researcher conducted a study in the Fernow Experimental Forest, located in the Monongahela National Forest (West Virginia). Mary Beth Adams, the researcher, studied the application of 75,000 gallons of fracking fluids on a ¼ acre patch of Fernow. The fluid was applied over a two-day period, not just dumped. Within two days, after the application was complete, all of the ground plants were dead. The leaves on the trees in the area began to turn brown after 10 days of the controlled contamination. Half of the approximately 150 trees were dead two years later. (google it!) In a typical horizontal frack, used in deeper shale formations, 1-8 million (depends who you ask) gallons of fluid may be used per frack. A spill this size would be catastrophic. Currently, in Michigan, most of the drilling is done in the Antrim Shale formation. The Antrim formation is shallower and generally 50,000 gallons of fluid are used. The drilling interest has recently turned its focus on the Collingwood formation, which is deeper and would require more fluid to be used. Production in the Antrim shale is found mostly in Antrim, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda, and Otsego counties which are all located far north in the mitten. According to Miller Energy Inc. the Antrim shale has produced 136 billion cubic feet of natural gas, ranking in at the 13th-largest source in the US. The counties vunerable to the Collingwood “play” include: Emmet, Cheboygan, Kalkaska, and Missaukee. Encana Corp. currently has 8 active wells in the region, and 7 pending applications (MDEQ), EnCana Corp. (NYSE:ECA) announced in early May 2010, that the company had accumulated a position of 250,000 net acres in the play at an average price of $150 per acre. The company has disclosed one completed well to date, which flowed at a 30-day initial production rate of 2.5 million cubic feet per day. Atlas Energy (Nasdaq:ATLS) also has acreage here and calls the play the Collingwood Utica Shale, as the Utica Shale is also present at a shallower depth on the acreage. Atlas Energy has 70,000 net acres exposed to the Collingwood Utica Shale, and has 83% of the leases held by production. BreitBurn Energy Partners L.P is also a large player in Michigan and the Antrim Shale, and had 59% of its production from Michigan in 2009. The company reported proved reserves of 76.2 million barrels oil equivalent in Michigan at the end of 2009. Read more:


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