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A Texas energy company has applied for a fracking permit in Ravenna, Mich. (April 2, 2013)

RAVENNA, Mich. (WZZM) - It's credited for helping make America more energy independent, but it is not without controversy. WZZM 13 News has learned an oil and gas company has applied for a drilling permit to start 'fracking' in Muskegon County.

"I've lived on this farm all of my life, 68 years I've been here," says Jack Link. He's one of the many residents near the small town of Ravenna now dealing with the issue of fracking.

"It's right in the middle of good agriculture land, with irrigated water wells there."

The property is right across from Link's home on the corner of Harrisburg and Squires Road. According to the application, the land is owned by Don Swanson. He couldn't be reached for comment, but fellow farmer, Link, says they often lease the mineral rights to gas and oil companies.

"My property has been leased previously. My mom and dad leased it before, it's not uncommon in this area," Link told WZZM 13. He is still concerned and so are the residents in Ravenna, which is less than a mile away from the proposed well site. Many of them have never heard of fracking.

"Probably in school, but not really in detail," says Samantha Crittendon.

Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping water, sand, and chemicals into a horizontal well. The high pressure fractures the shale and sends pockets of natural gas to the surface.

"I'm definitely going to be looking into it, educating myself a little farther," says Pam Potes.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality received the application from Rosetta Resources, a Houston-based oil and gas company. If approved, the company would use about 2 million gallons of water from local sources.

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