Michigan has large natural gas reserves trapped in shale formations including the Antrim Shale. In other states, such gas is being extracted in massive volumes through the use of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. As fracking gains in both popularity and controversy in places such as Pennsylvania, Ohio and elsewhere, you may be wondering why we don’t hear much about it occurring in Michigan. As recently reported in Crain’s Detroit Business, the simple reason is that Michigan has not yet experienced the recent massive growth in natural gas production that other states have enjoyed. Reasons include the low price of gas, a heavy local reliance on coal-generated electricity and a federal ban on natural gas exports, which puts potential customers in nearby Ontario out of reach. Crain’s reports, however, that it is only a matter of time before natural gas production, and fracking, increase in Michigan. Stay tuned. Jay Greene, Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: Waiting for the boom, Crain’s Detroit Business (Mar. 25, 2013, at 1; modified Mar. 29, 2013.