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Fracking could be coming to Mid-Michigan

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GENESEE COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Fracking could be coming to local communities and some residents aren't too happy about it.

Randy Scott is worried. He's heard about the possibility of fracking coming to his Mid-Michigan backyard.

Fracking is a method of using high pressure water, sand and chemicals to free oil and gas from rock from thousands of feet below ground.

The Western Land Services company based in Ludington has secured land leases for property in Genesee and Lapeer counties. This creates the possibility of future fracking in the area. That's something Scott doesn't want to see.

"Work really hard to buy a nice home in a nice community and it just concerns me. It's going to lower property values and you now have to look out the front window and see a mining operation," Scott said.

Genesee County leaders said there's nothing they can do to stop fracking in the areas, saying the state would have to intervene. They said local municipalities do have options to make life a little more bearable if fracking becomes a reality.

"They've got the tools that could control some nuisance issues that could develop," said Pegge Adams, county commissioner.

She said ordinances dealing with noise, dust and water can be put in place. Those measures would have to apply to everyone, not just fracking companies. So far, Adams said the company isn't moving forward with development.

"They have not yet requested any permits," Adams said.

She believes for now, Western Land Services is just testing the waters.

"Maybe they don't get enough acreage to make it worth their while," she said.

The company needs at least one private resident to agree to let the company drill on their land, using it as an entry point. Adams said if the company can't acquire the needed real estate, maybe they'll move on.

Over in Davison Township people like Scott said that's just fine with him.

"This is a residential neighborhood, it's a nice neighborhood and I'd like to keep it that way," Scott said.

TV5's calls and e-mails to Western Land Services went unanswered.

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