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CLOSUP Disputes Independent Petroleum Association of America Blog on MPPS Fracking Research

CLOSUP Disputes Independent Petroleum Association of America Blog on MPPS Fracking Research

Summary

In a June 14, 2014 blog, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) criticized a report on fracking by CLOSUP's Michigan Public Policy Survey (MPPS), and made statements that are not supported by MPPS data. CLOSUP disputes IPAA's characterization of the MPPS findings.

The heart of this dispute centers around the opening statement from the IPAA blog, pasted here:

To be clear, CLOSUP's report says nothing like that, and CLOSUP's survey data do not support IPAA's statement. We reject IPAA's misleading presentation of our findings.

As background: CLOSUP's MPPS is an ongoing survey of local government leaders across the state. The MPPS routinely asks these local leaders to estimate local sources of support and opposition to various policy issues in their communities. In this case, the MPPS asked local leaders to estimate levels of support and opposition to fracking in their own communities among the majority of their residents and the majority of their local government's council or board. The MPPS also asked these local leaders whether they themselves support or oppose fracking in their own communities. These questions were only asked in jurisdictions where the local leader said fracking has been a topic of discussion within the community at large, or at least among the local governments' leaders.

For such jurisdictions where fracking is an active topic of discussion, the MPPS survey found:

Beyond the IPAA blog's opening statement posted above, the IPAA blog included numerous other statements that CLOSUP disagrees with, regarding our survey and report. CLOSUP submitted comments to the IPAA blog, to which the bloggers responded with further information that CLOSUP also disputes, leading to a second set of comments submitted by CLOSUP (which have yet to be posted by IPAA). For the record, the full exchange is provided below (click to expand each section below):





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