'Fracking' the Focus of Royal Oak Town Hall Meeting

County officials will host a special town hall on oil and gas drilling and “fracking” at the Royal Oak Public Library.

Jim Nash, the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner, is continuing his series of town hall meetings for the new year throughout Oakland County.  The meetings will focus on the impact of new state-issued oil and natural gas drilling leases in Oakland County that could bring “fracking” to the area.

Fracking, the common term for slick-water horizontal fracturing, drills wells up to two miles into the earth, then turns the drill bit horizontally to drill several more miles. The resulting well is then filled with millions of gallons of fresh water mixed with sand, salts and chemicals. This mixture is then subjected to bursts of intense pressure to loosen rock formations and release natural gas.

The next town hall meeting will be at the Royal Oak Public Library, 222 E. 11 Mile Road, Royal Oak, 48067 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5.  The meeting is free and open to the public.  

Source: County Water Resources Commissioner


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