A petition drive is underway to ban a new method of drilling for oil and gas in Michigan. A new method of hydraulic fracturing, sometimes known as fracking, would be prohibited by the state’s constitution if enough signatures are collected and then the measure is approved by voters in November. But the group has only until July to collect more than three-hundred-thousand signatures.
LuAnne Kosma chairs the ballot committee running the petition drive. She says people are worried about what will happen to Michigan if hydraulic fracturing becomes widespread.
"People are looking for some kind of solution like this something they can do besides writing a letter... or leaving it up to chance."
Kosma says the amendment would not ban the many traditional oil and gas wells already drilled in Michigan. There are only a few of the new deep shale wells in the state.
A coalition of environmental groups and watershed councils has called for changes to Michigan’s laws to make sure this newer method is done safely. That coalition is not backing the petition drive.