Is gas and oil drilling just a Shelby Township problem?  NO

Some elected officials and even the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will tell you that gas and oil drilling and fracking are safe. They are pro-drilling because it brings revenue to the state. But, does it really belong in residential areas, and how safe is it? Learn more before you sign away your mineral rights . . .

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Drilling Southeast Michigan

The Nino Homes 1-6 Well in Shelby Township is called a Wildcat Well, Exploratory Well and/or Test Well. These names are used when it is the first of many wells in the area. Mineral rights leases have been signed in Shelby twp., Rochester Hills, Auburn Hills, White Lake Twp and Scio Twp. Seismic testing is occurring in Sterling Heights, Birmingham and Bloomfield Twp.

Exploration companies have obtained 20 permits for wells in the five-county region of Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston so far in 2014, out of 86 total drilling permits statewide, according to data from the state Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals, a division of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Per the DEQ website, Fifteen (15) Counties in Southern Michigan:  Barry, Eaton, Ingham, Livingston, Oakland, Macomb, St. Clair, Calhoun, Jackson, Washtenaw, Wayne, Branch, Hillsdale, Lenawee and Monroe are spaced for the development of the Trenton and Black River Formations.,4561,7-135-3311_4111_4231-119972--,00.html

The dark gray in the map of Michigan is oil rich Shale. There has been more oil and gas drilling and extraction in Michigan in the past four years, but I don't see my home heating bill going down, or the price of gas at the pump going down.

Ask any real estate person and they will tell you an oil well less than 1/4 mile from homes will definitely have an impact on home values.

So, where is the benefit of putting in wells so close to homes, when it doesn't affect the price of gas at the pump or home heating bills?

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In Jackson and Lenawee counties, there are more than 60 oil wells in just three years. Bringing with it concerns about potential earthquakes, contaminated drinking water and dangerous spills.

Drilling in the Irish Hills Michigan

The boom that began with discoveries of oil near tiny Napoleon three years ago has made Jackson County the state’s top oil producer. It produces about 2% of the oil customers consume statewide, a company executive said. Manistee County in northern Michigan is the second-highest producer, and Lenawee County is third.

Oil Wells put hazardous chemicals into our ground and lower home values, is this what we want for Southeast Michigan?

Oil Wells in Irish Hills Michigan