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 in 2012 to start a statewide ballot initiative to prohibit the new type of horizontal fracking and frack wastes in Michigan. Ballot questions are non-partisan.
We believe that only a ban on fracking and frack wastes 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 come here from other states where fracking takes place.
We launched our campaign on May 22, 2015, originally for the 2016 election.
A legislative initiative requires 252,523 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). By November of 2015, we had collected over 150,000. We continued the campaign into 2016 and hoped to get enough signatures to get on the ballot for November 2016. By the June 1 submittal deadline, we had collected 207,000 signatures, not enough to submit to be on the ballot this November.
Since January we have written and testified to the Board of State Canvassers, the Bureau of Elections, and to the House Elections Committee, that the law regarding a time limit on collecting to 180 days is unconstitutional. There are no time limitations on statutory initiative, which is designed to go around the Legislature. We promised a lawsuit, and on June 1, 2016, we filed that lawsuit.
We continue collecting signatures, adding to those we have already obtained in 2015 and 2016. When we get enough signatures to submit to the State, we will do so in time to qualify for the 2018 election.
Fundraising and recruiting: We continue fundraising and we seek new volunteers. Please donate and help us reach our goal. Contributions to the campaign are not tax-deductible.
Ballot language: You can view the ballot language here.
Legislative initiatives: Our ballot campaign is called a legislative or statutory initiative, as found under Article 2 Section 9 of the Michigan state constitution. It is different than referendum (which erases a law just passed) and very different than a constitutional amendment initiative, as found under Article 12 Section 2.
Speakers Bureau: If you would like a representative from our campaign to speak at your event, please contact us.
Campaign finance reports are posted on the Michigan Secretary of State’s website. You may find us by searching for our committee name or committee # 515957-9.
The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan is led by an all-volunteer team:
LuAnne Kozma luanne AT letsbanfracking DOT org
Ellis Boal, Charlevoix
LuAnne Kozma, Charlevoix
Diane Weckerle, Royal Oak