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Chief, Office of Oil, Gas

Phone: (517) ***-****  
Email: f***@***.gov
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
525 West Allegan St. Constitution Hall
Lansing , Michigan 48909
United States

Company Description: The MDEQ is one of three Michigan departments whose approval is required before Wolverine can construct and operate the proposed pipeline. Of the other departments,...   more

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  • Bachelor of Science degree , Geology
    Michigan Technological University
  • graduate degree
    University of Arizona
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"I am extremely confident there is ..., 7 May 2015 [cached]
"I am extremely confident there is no connection," said Hal Fitch, a geologist who is director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals.
Just a few exploratory wells have ..., 16 July 2011 [cached]
Just a few exploratory wells have been drilled into the formation thus far and none have been gushers, says Hal Fitch, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality's Office of Geological Survey.
Dan Benishek, a freshman Republican whose district takes in part of the Collingwood shale area; DEQ Director Dan Wyant; and Fitch.
Fitch says that can't happen in Michigan because the shale containing natural gas is far below the water table.
But exploratory drilling since then has yielded little, Fitch said. Fewer than two dozen permits have been granted to drill in the Collingwood shale.
"It's still just kind of speculative," he said.
On September 22 Ban Michigan ..., 25 Sept 2015 [cached]
On September 22 Ban Michigan Fracking demanded of Hal Fitch, DEQ's supervisor of wells, that DEQ order the company to paint over the offending language. Fitch refused. He wrote back saying there was "no evidence of any violations of either Part 615 or Part 625", the laws he administers.
Holloway Lake Association » IN THE NEWS, 7 Sept 2015 [cached]
"These new rules add changes to improve transparency and give some assurance that there is adequate monitoring of hydraulic fracturing," said Harold Fitch, chief of the DEQ Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals.
The new fracking rules also require full disclosure of the types and volumes of chemicals being injected into the ground, via, a nationwide chemical disclosure registry, Fitch said.
"FracFocus is kind of the state of the art for listing," he said.
Developers, in their permit applications, must disclose if they intend to do high-volume fracking and the particulars of what they plan, Fitch said. They also must inform the DEQ 48 hours before they start a high-volume fracking operation under the new rules, he said.
"That's just so our field staff, our inspectors, know what's going to be going on, and they may choose to be out there to witness it," Fitch said.
Fitch said.
"The industry feels like they are doing an adequate job right now," he said. "They are not crazy about additional reporting requirements, but they recognize there's a call to provide the information people want."
Public outreach now includes easier-to-decipher weekly lists of permit applications on the DEQ website that include comment boxes for the public, Fitch said. The agency is also notifying township supervisors of applications coming up in their township, he said.
"Oil and gas development isn't risk-free; there's always a risk of spills and mishaps," Fitch said.
They have postponed filing for permits ..., 4 Oct 2011 [cached]
They have postponed filing for permits while continuing to determine the size of the ore body, said Hal Fitch, director of the DEQ's Office of Geological Survey.
Fitch said the DEQ has determined that Orvana has submitted a complete application. The public will get several opportunities to comment in person and in writing before the department makes a final decision, which could happen in as early as seven months, he said.
The agency has a team of experts who will review the 6,000 pages of documents and will hire outside help if needed, Fitch said.
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