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Public Forum on Fracking in Kent County set for Monday, March 25

March 18, 2013


There are three organizations that are collaborating to host a public forum on fracking in Kent County, scheduled for next Monday, March 25.

The groups collaborating are, Kent County Water Conservation, Mutual Aid Grand Rapids and Citizens for Responsible Resource Management.

For several months these groups have been meeting to organize next Monday’s educational event. The groups plan to provide important information about fracking in Kent County, along with concrete things that residents can do to challenge and fight the fact that fracking will be coming to this area.

At the last Michigan DNR land auction held in Lansing in October, oil & gas companies bid on hundreds of plots of land in Kent County for future oil & gas exploration.

You can see from the map included here that land was leased by the DNR in Kent County, with concentrated areas being along the White Pine Trail, the Rogue River State Game Area and the Cannonsburg State Game Area. (the darkest areas on this map)


This forum is also to counteract the one that was held in Kent County last fall, when State Rep. MacGregor had DNR and DEQ representatives present on fracking and make the claim that it was completely safe.

For the March 25 forum the three groups have invited Maryann Lesert to give a presentation entitled, Fracking in the Forest, followed by information on ways that people can challenge and resist fracking coming to Kent County, along with time for questions.

Before and after the forum, the co-sponsoring groups will have information tables, where those in attendance can access more information on the dangers of fracking and ways to get involved in the international campaign to fight horizontal hydraulic fracturing in Kent County and across Michigan.

For more information or inquires go to the Facebook event page.


Fracking in Our Back Yard

Monday, March 25

7:00 PM (with doors and info tables ready at 6:30 PM)

Rockford High School cafeteria

4100 Kroes St. NE Rockford MI


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