A Traverse City-based company's plans to drill for oil or natural gas in Scio Township is setting off alarm bells with the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
Deputy Director Jack Schmidt says drilling operations bring with them problems like construction, trucks, and fumes and odors.
"The fact that this is occurring so close to potential residential areas, or could potentially be occurring close to residential areas is a concern," Schmidt says.
Schmidt says if oil spills, it can cause problems for local waterways.
West Bay Exploration Company has been asking Scio Township residents to secure drilling leases.
The company performed seismic testing in the township back in September, and Vice President Patrick Gibson says the effort to secure leases to allow drilling is the next step in the process.
Scio Township plans a public forum on the issue April 24.