The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan is a Ballot Question Committee registered with the State of Michigan Bureau of Elections. We are a political campaign, not a non profit organization. We formed to start a statewide ballot initiative to prohibit the new type of horizontal fracking and frack wastes in Michigan.
We believe that only a ban on fracking will protect our health and safety, our precious fresh water, communities, parks, forests, schools, businesses, farms, tourism, wildlife, and environment from the devastating harms of the massive, industrial-scale fracking planned for Michigan and the enormous amount of frack wastes inherently created in the fracking process, including wastes that would come here from other states where fracking takes place.
In 2013 we drafted language for a legislative ballot initiative, (also called a “legislative proposal”) which would change state statute, (not the state constitution), to ban horizontal fracking and frack wastes. Our proposed law would also remove the language in the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act that favors the special-interests of the oil and gas industry fostering “maximum production” of oil and gas, over the protection of human health and water. Michigan's current policy promoting maximum production of natural gas adds to global warming.
A legislative initiative requires 252,522 valid signatures from Michigan voters to qualify. (This is determined by the Secretary of State based on 8% of the number of votes cast for governor in 2014, which was 3,156,531.)
In 2013 we collected over 70,000 signatures. We are now in a fundraising phase to raise enough funds to launch a new campaign to qualify for the ballot in 2016. Please donate and help us reach our goal.
We have a Speakers Bureau. If you would like a representative from our campaign to speak at your event, please contact us.
The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan is led by an all-volunteer team:
LuAnne Kozma luanne AT letsbanfracking DOT org
Todd Bazzett, Ferndale
Ellis Boal, Charlevoix
Peggy Case, Honor
LuAnne Kozma, Charlevoix
Diane Weckerle, Royal Oak