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Group Wants To Empower Scio Township Officials To Block Oil Drilling

Scio Township Mineral Rights Meeting
Andrew Cluley
89.1 WEMU

The clock is already ticking for opponents of oil drilling in Scio Township.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has until June 20th to respond to West Bay Exploration's application for a new well.

The head of Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards Laura Robinson thinks the township can stop the effort based on environmental dangers, public health risks and road issues.

Robinson says her group is also pushing legislative efforts to give townships the authority to ban drilling completely.  She says they will work on a ballot petition if necessary.

West Bay officials have said these types of concerns are typical when first coming to a community, but their operations have a positive track record.  They want to drill an exploratory well to determine if more drilling is warranted.

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— Andrew Cluley is the Ann Arbor beat reporter, and anchor for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him acluley@emich.edu.


Like many, I first came to this area when I started school at the University of Michigan, then fell in love with the community and haven’t left. After graduating from U of M in the mid 1990’s I interned at WDET for several years, while also working a variety of jobs in Ann Arbor. Then in 1999 I joined the WEMU news team.
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