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Environment & Climate Change

Group wanting to ban horizontal fracking takes another step toward getting on the ballot

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Lester Graham
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A natural gas line in northern Michigan.

The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan has delivered its petition signatures to the Secretary of State’s office. The group hopes its initiative is on the ballot in November. 

“Our initiative will ban horizontal fracking and the waste that comes from horizontal fracked wells as well as change the state’s policy about climate change and maximizing oil and gas production,” said LuAnne Kozma, the campaign director of the committee.

It’s been in court fighting the state for nearly four years. Kozma says the fight is not over. The group fully expects the signatures to be rejected because it took too long to gather the signatures.

“After that rejection by the Board of State Canvassers, what’s next is we appeal that decision right to the Michigan Supreme Court,” Kozma said.

At issue is whether the state can limit petition drives to 180 days to collect signatures. The Committee to Ban Fracking argues that restriction is limited to petition drives to change the Constitution and not all ballot initiatives to change the law.

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