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Issues Of The Environment: Trying To Prevent Oil Drilling In Scio Township

Jul 30, 2014

A Grassroots Organization Vows To Fight On To Prevent Oil Drilling Despite Court Loss 

Credit oilfreebackyards.org

 Residents of Scio Township are somewhat divided about drilling for oil in their neighborhoods.

Some seek to sell mineral rights to their properties. Others strongly oppose drilling and fear unforeseen environmental and economic consequences.

The grassroots group, Citizens for Oil-free Backyards, filed a motion to halt Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Company from drilling a first exploratory well.

Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz, denied the motion.

Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards will continue to seek legal and legislative solutions.