Ballot Initiative to Ban Fracking in Michigan

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Over 270,000 signatures to ban fracking and frack wastes were turned in to Michigan Secretary of State, were turned down, and now the petitions are caught up in litigation.

Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan is a ballot question committee formed in 2012. In 2012 and 2013, they began a statewide petition campaign to get a ban on fracking and frack wastes on the ballot. In 2015 they began a third campaign, this time reaching their goal, but doing so over the course of several years, and challenging the constitutionality of the law that restricts signature-gathering. These dedicated volunteers turned in over 270,000 signatures, all collected in person from Michigan voters, on November 5, 2018. The signatures were turned down by the Secretary of State. The Committee is in the midst of a lawsuit challenging that decision, and have put the petitions in safe storage. The Committee filed the lawsuit in December 2018, and as of fall 2019, their case is in the Michigan Court of Appeals.


If you signed this petition, contact Secretary Jocelyn Benson to Count the Signatures! Call her office at:

1-800-292-5973 (ext 2)

For up to date information about the Committee’s ballot proposal and ongoing litigation, go to The court briefs are all listed on the Committee’s Lawsuit menu. Since the Committee is an all-volunteer, grassroots group, it seeks donations large and small from ordinary people. You don’t need to be a Michigan resident to contribute. Go here to donate to the campaign.