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May 19, 2015

posted May 22, 2015, 1:33 PM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling

The members of Citizens Against Residential Drilling (CARD) are celebrating the news just received from West Bay Exploration that they have failed to find the oil they were hoping to find in Shelby Township at the Nino Homes Well 1-6. The oil well drilling operations that have invaded a residential neighborhood in Shelby Township, MI have stopped and the site will be returned to its natural state.

The abrupt drilling activity in our community caught us off guard last summer and served as a rallying point for a group of neighbors and other groups impacted by similar activity in their communities. This outcome is most welcomed by hundreds of our members and others who have worked to raise awareness of the threat this type of activity can pose in a residential area. We are relieved that this threat to our quality of life and property values is going away.

Oil and gas well drilling simply does not belong in residential areas. Rule changes by the DEQ regarding notification and tighter standards are moves in the right direction to protect the citizens of Michigan. The Citizens Against Residential Drilling (CARD) group plans to be a resource for others facing similar threats in the future and thanks our friends, supporters and members of the media who have helped raise awareness of this inappropriate activity in neighborhoods.

Yet another study shows it is dangerous to live near gas and oil drilling.

posted May 18, 2015, 9:07 AM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated May 18, 2015, 9:08 AM ]

People living or working near active natural gas wells may be exposed to certain pollutants at higher levels than the EPA considers safe for lifetime exposure, according to scientists from Oregon State University and the University of Cincinnati.
Click on the OSU logo for more info.

Oil Well Rig is back in Shelby Twp

posted May 11, 2015, 10:32 AM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated May 11, 2015, 2:55 PM ]

On the morning of Monday, May 11th, 2015, West Bay Exploration brought in equipment, and resumed work at the Nino homes 1-6 Oil Well in Shelby Twp. They didn't even wait for the moratorium to expire.  Notice how close the houses are beyond the trees.
Click on the image to see more photos.
Oil Well Rig is back in Shelby Twp

May 2015: West Bay Exploration is back...

posted May 7, 2015, 2:07 PM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated May 7, 2015, 2:16 PM ]

West Bay Exploration will return to the Nino Homes 1-6 Oil Well in Shelby Twp.
In a letter from Shelby Twp to residents on May 7th, it was confirmed that the MDEQ granted permission for the completion phase of the oil well.  See the pdf below for the letter from the township supervisor.

For more info on the Completion Phase, click on this link:

How state law took regulation of gas and oil drilling away from townships

posted Dec 17, 2014, 8:55 AM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated Dec 17, 2014, 9:01 AM ]

Oil Pump in Saline Twp

The 2011 Michigan Zoning Enabling Act now states that “a county or township shall not regulate or control the drilling, completion, or operation of oil or gas wells or other wells drilled for oil or gas exploration purposes and shall not have jurisdiction with reference to the issuance of permits for the location, drilling, completion, operation, or abandonment of such wells.”

Michigan Zoning Enabling Act passed in 2011

Fracking Ban takes effect in Denton Texas

posted Dec 3, 2014, 9:26 AM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated Dec 3, 2014, 9:34 AM ]

The ban might not have happened, if the Oil and Gas industry had not insisted on fracking next to a children’s playground, and suburban houses. It took 5 years to get the fracking ban in Denton. How long will it take to get oil and gas drilling out of the Shelby Township Briarwood subdivision?

Nino Homes Well 1-6 in Shelby Township subdivision

Here is a link to an article about how the ban in Denton Texas got started:

Denton Texas fracking ban

Oil and Gas Production Wastes

posted Nov 14, 2014, 11:09 AM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 11:10 AM ]

Fact sheet from the EPA, includes info on Radiation Exposure for nearby residents:
epa logo

Gas and Oil Drilling in Southeast Michigan

posted Oct 31, 2014, 12:44 PM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated Nov 10, 2014, 10:14 AM ]

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 . . .

People always ask me what they can do?  Here is something we all can do that only takes 2 minutes.  Click on the image below to get Michigan elected officials and DEQ contact info, and thanks for taking action. We’re always stronger when we stand together, and it never hurts to tell elected officials again what it is we want.

Other States are limiting drilling, Michigan needs to catch up!

posted Oct 27, 2014, 12:51 PM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling

Cities and towns around the country, including Boulder, CO and Dallas, TX, have taken local action to restrict gas and oil Drilling and Fracking in their communities. 

Gas Flare

The pollution, dust, traffic, 24/7 operation, gas flaring, noise, lower home values, and nonharmony with the neighborhood is what citizens will have to live with if this continues in residential areas in Michigan.

Several California municipalities have passed measures advocating for more stringent regulations or a moratorium on fracking, yet the local right to ban fracking is contested due to potential conflicts with state and federal law.


West Bay will return to well in Shelby Twp.

posted Oct 24, 2014, 1:55 PM by Citizens Against Residential Drilling   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 2:02 PM ]

Mich DEQ field notes show West Bay Exploration will return to the Nino Homes 1-6 well. 

Click here to see more of the DEQ Geologist’s field notes for the Shelby Township Nino Homes 1-6 Well,
and scroll to page 2.

DEQ field notes

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