Packed meeting over fracking in West Michigan

Updated: Thursday, February 14 2013, 09:06 AM EST
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CLYDE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - People packed a township meeting to learn more about potential fracking in West Michigan.

Last year the state Department of Natural Resources auctioned off land in Barry and Allegan Counties to potentially be used for fracking and that has a lot of people upset.

Many of them came out Wednesday night to learn more about the situation and a lawsuit filed to prevent fracking.

The Clyde Township board opened up part of their regular meeting Wednesday night for questions and discussion about the controversial issue.

Last year the DNR auctioned off the mineral rights to 23,000 acres in the state game and recreation area.

Some groups sued the state over these natural resources and it's in litigation right now.

Many are now pushing for an injunction against the DNR to have them nullify the auctions of the land in Barry and Allegan Counties.

"These lands being to the people and to open them up to this type of activity with virtually no opportunity for public input and no revisiting of 30 year old oil and gas rules, no analysis of cumulative impacts we feel is against the law," said Steve Losher, President of Michigan Land, Air, Water Defense.

Governor Snyder has been a supporter of fracking here in Michigan.

It is still unclear if any state lands are actually slated for drilling or if drilling is happening right now.

We'll keep you updated on this story.

Packed meeting over fracking in West Michigan
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