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3:57 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Oil Drilling Critics Expected At Tonight's Scio Township Trustees Meeting

Opponents of oil and natural gas drilling want to fill the Scio Township Hall for tonight's  Board of Trustees meeting.  The Township isn't expected to take any formal action, but Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards hope to have plenty of public comment.  

West Bay Exploration Vice President Patrick Gibson discusses his company and what they are looking for in Scio Township at a public meeting in April.
Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU
 

Supervisor Spaulding Clark doesn't believe state laws give the township any say in the matter.  He's leery action taken to prevent drilling could invite legal problems.  

West Bay Exploration has leases to explore for oil and natural gas on about one-thousand acres in Scio.  At a meeting last month West Bay officials promised to not use hydraulic fracturing or fracking in the township. 

The township held a meeting last month to give community more information about the issue.

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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.