This report reviews the current state of knowledge on public perceptions of high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) and more broadly, deep shale natural gas development. The objective is to highlight issues that may be relevant to HVHF-related policy in Michigan. As there are few Michigan-specific data available, the report reviews opinion poll data and academic literature from across the U.S. to summarize how the public perceives HVHF and to identify the factors that make it a controversial issue. Our intent is neither to judge the public as being right or wrong in their perceptions, nor to suggest that we should necessarily try to change their opinions. Rather, the report draws on risk perception research to illuminate the challenges and opportunities for creating a constructive public dialogue on HVHF in Michigan.

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