The citizens of Michigan have not been given adequate chance to determine whether or not signing over these rights to 195,000 acres in 22 counties (set for Oct. 24, 2012) is in our long-term best interest as owners of these lands. Our state sits squarely in the midst of 20% of the Earth's total fresh water supply and the method of natural gas extraction ("hydrofracking") to be used by the energy companies bidding at Wednesday's auction has not yet been proven safe. So, let's start looking before we leap. The taxpaying citizens of the Great Lakes state deserve a chance to participate in this decision. Help us protect our ground water and prevent the ecological problems that may follow after the scheduled auctioning of these rights. Governor Snyder, do your duty on behalf of our state's citizens: cancel the scheduled auction immediately and open up this process to broader citizen review!
Charles D. Wunsch