Alpine Township was a busy place Monday night as over 80 people attended a meeting at the Township Hall sponsored by the Michigan Farm Bureau and Michigan State University Extension Service. What brought so many people out to the meeting was the topic: Oil and Gas Leasing and Hydraulic Fracturing. Presenters made the audience aware of the dos and don'ts of leasing and explained hydraulic fracturing. Many formations in Michigan could not produce economically viable volumes of natural gas without the use of hydraulic fracturing, according to information provided by the Michigan Oil and Gas Producers Educational Foundation.
Jason Jaekel, West Regional Representative for the Michigan Farm Bureau introduces Mike Shelton (on the right), a Geologist with the Kalamazoo District Office of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
|Attendance was high as was the interest of the audience|
Less than half a mile away, area Fire Chiefs were meeting at the Alpine Township Fire Station #1 for their monthly meeting.