Michigan's Sudden Bonanza

Hunting for natural gas in Hemingway country

When it comes to oil gushers and drill rigs, thoughts of Michigan do not spring readily to mind. But perhaps they should. Like many other long-neglected sites in the U.S., Michigan has suddenly become a hot new oil and gas prospect in the current, highly heated search for additional sources of oil and gas.

Michigan is only one of many regions around the U.S. where geologists and petroleum engineers are on the prowl for fuel. In Arizona and Appalachia, in New York and North Carolina, wildcatters and exploration teams are in breakneck competition to cash in...

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