Group trying to stop hydraulic fracturing kicks off effort Saturday

A Michigan group is hoping to get fracking banned in Michigan.

A group plans to kick off its petition drive in its effort to prohibit hydraulic fracturing in Michigan.

The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan plans a Saturday event at Tracy's Corner Cafe in the Detroit suburb of Warren. Signature collecting starts April 12, and the group has six months to collect them.

The organization needs roughly 258,000 signatures to initiate a bill and put it before voters in November 2014 if legislators don't act.

Other events are scheduled in upcoming weeks.

Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a technique used by the energy industry to extract oil and gas from rock by injecting high-pressure mixtures of water, sand or gravel and chemicals. Opponents fell short of the signatures for the 2012 ballot.