HOUSE BILL No. 4736

 

June 14, 2011, Introduced by Reps. Brown, Lipton, Tlaib, Irwin, Bauer and Meadows and referred to the Committee on Judiciary.

 

     A bill to amend 1994 PA 451, entitled

 

"Natural resources and environmental protection act,"

 

(MCL 324.101 to 324.90106) by adding section 20126b.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 20126b. (1) If groundwater in the vicinity of a well used

 

for hydraulic fracturing is determined to contain 1 or more

 

hazardous substances that were injected into that well while

 

conducting hydraulic fracturing, there is a rebuttable presumption

 

that the person conducting the hydraulic fracturing is liable under

 

section 20126 for the contamination present in the groundwater.

 

     (2) As used in this section, "hydraulic fracturing" means

 

fluid-driven fracturing of rock for the purpose of stimulating

 

natural gas or oil production.