Fracking in Michigan: Summary

“Horizontal fracking for oil and natural gas is exempt from many regulatory laws at both the federal and state
levels, including the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts, the Great Lakes Compact and Michigan’s
Water Withdrawal Act. These townships are setting a precedent by being the first in the state of Michigan to develop fracking regulation ordinances in consultation with FLOW. Despite zoning prohibitions to regulate drilling, construction production, and operation of
oil and gas wells, townships still do maintain legal  authority to regulate ancillary activities, including roads, truck traffic, pipelines, flow lines, gathering lines,
location of wells, disclosure of chemical use, air pollution and more. Moreover, townships can rely on other
sources of authority such as police power ordinances.”