Final Integrated Assessment Report
Overview (160KB PDF)
Technology: John Wilson and Johannes Schwank (1.7MB PDF)
Geology/Hydrogeology: Brian Ellis (3MB PDF)
Environment/Ecology: Allen Burton and Knute Nadelhoffer (3.5MB PDF)
Public Health: Nil Basu (1.5MB PDF)
Policy/Law: Sara Gosman (428KB PDF)
Economics: Roland Zullo (628KB PDF)
Public Perceptions: Kim Wolske and Andrew Hoffman (528KB PDF)
- Download all the technical reports (10.7MB ZIP)
- Integrated Assessment Plan (0.5MB PDF)
An advisory committee composed of representatives from corporate, government, and non-governmental organizations provided input and advice reflecting the view of key stakeholder groups and to ensure the scope of study is relevant to decision makers. Committee members also provided data and input throughout the process, but decisions regarding content of project analyses and reports were determined by the U-M Report and Integration Teams.
- Valerie Brader, Senior Policy Advisory, Governor's Office of Strategic Policy, State of Michigan
- James Clift, Policy Director, Michigan Environmental Council
- John DeVries, Attorney, Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones; Michigan Oil and Gas Association
- Hal Fitch, Director of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Gregory Fogle, Owner, Old Mission Energy; Michigan Oil and Gas Association
- James Goodheart, Senior Policy Advisor, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Tammy Newcomb, Senior Water Policy Advisor, Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Grenetta Thomassey, Program Director, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
- John Wilson, President, TMGEnergy, LLC
Public Comment & Peer Review Processes
Stakeholder engagement was a key component of this integrated assessment (IA). The public was invited to provide input to inform the scope of the IA and comments on the draft IA report, and a webpage accepted comments throughout the entire IA project. The comments received were reviewed, organized, and shared with the researchers and Advisory Committee to aid in developing the IA plan and revising the final IA report.
In addition, a panel of subject area experts representing multiple disciplines completed a peer review of the draft IA report to evaluate the scientific credibility, rigor, and integrity of the assessment. The Final Integrated Assessment Report was prepared after careful consideration of the feedback received from the peer review panel, advisory committee, and public comments.
Key points of engagement include:
- March 5, 2013 – During development of the technical reports, the Graham Institute and Technical Report team members presented their report plans to decision makers and stakeholders in Lansing, Michigan. Watch the video, download the presentation (PDF), and review the event comment summary (PDF).
- September 9, 2013 – A webinar after the technical reports were released included an overview of the project and question and answer session with several technical report authors. Watch the video, download the presentation (PDF), and review the attendee question and response summary (PDF).
- February 26, 2015 – Following release of the draft IA report, Graham held a public webinar with several authors of the draft report. Watch the video, download the presentation (PDF), and review the attendee question and response summary (PDF).
News & Resources
- ARTICLE: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry article Hydraulic "Fracking": Are Surface Water Impacts An Ecological Concern? by professors Burton, Basu, Ellis, and Knadelhoffer, who have contributed to this project, and others
- ARTICLE: Michigan Journal of Sustainability article Clearing the Waters of the Fracking Debate by Assistant Professor Brian Ellis and others
- VIDEO: Assistant Professor Brian Ellis on the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing (Note: This video provides an overview of hydraulic fracturing but is not specific to practice and conditions in Michigan.)
- INTERVIEW: John Callewaert discusses the Draft Report with Dr. Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes (Radio interview & MLive article, 3/9/15)
- INTERVIEW: John Callewaert discusses the Technical Report release with Dr. Kirk Heinze on Greening the Great Lakes (Radio interview & MLive article, 9/20/13)