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Company Considers Drilling West of Ann Arbor

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A Traverse City-based company is moving forward with plans to possibly drill for oil or natural gas in an area just west of Ann Arbor.  

The Ann Arbor News reports some residents of Scio Township are being asked to give up mineral rights.

The update comes after Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Company performed seismic testing in September.

Company vice president Patrick Gibson says efforts to get leases to allow drilling is the next step in the process.

Some Scio Township residents have begun to meet and educate themselves further on the potential impact of drilling near their homes.

June McColm attended a meeting at a friend's house and says residents are "talking about all the different options." Scio Township plans a public forum April 24.