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Michigan DEQ Proposes New Fracking Rules To Protect Fresh Water

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is developing new rules dealing with natural gas development process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. 

DEQ announced the proposed changes Tuesday that are intended to protect the fresh water supply while giving the public more information about fracking operations. 

Fracking uses high volumes of water and chemicals to crack open rock formations deep underground, releasing trapped gas. 

The new rules would protect against damage to rivers or streams by require companies to use a state computer system to make sure they don't withdraw too much water. 

Companies must also give information about what chemicals they use. 

The DEQ expects to complete the rules in 6 to 9 months after hearing public comments. 

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