Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards

Community
3:46 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Washtenaw County Oil Opponents Want More Than Proposed Oil Drilling Legislation

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Proposed changes to state law would allow some townships to regulate oil and gas drilling.  Critics of oil drilling in Washtenaw County say the bill doesn't go nearly far enough.


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Community
2:44 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Rally Against Oil Drilling In Neighborhoods Tuesday In Lansing

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It's ball one in Scio Township.  A Traverse City-based oil and gas company was looking for a strike as it dug its first exploratory well in search of fossil fuel deposits, but missed the plate.  Some local lawmakers and drilling opponents now hope to get on base in Lansing.


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Community
4:30 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Oil Drilling Critics Cheer Scio Township Moratorium

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The Scio Township Board of Trustees unanimously passed a six month moratorium on all oil and gas operations.  A lead critic of the drilling says this is already making a difference.


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Environment
10:35 am
Wed July 30, 2014

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

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

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

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Community
5:21 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Judge Denies Injunction To Delay Scio Township Oil Well

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Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge David Swartz has ruled against Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards request for a temporary injunction to prevent the drilling of an exploratory well in Scio township.  It's a victory for West Bay Exploration and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.


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WEMU News
4:32 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Group Sues Michigan DEQ, Oil Developer Over Proposed Scio Township Well

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Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards has filed suit in Washtenaw County Circuit Court, seeking to derail plans for an exploratory oil well in Scio Township.

The suit alleges the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality doesn't abide by its own permitting rules, and that the public was only involved in the process in a superficial manner. 

The MDEQ says its permitting process has a great record of prevailing in such cases. 

West Bay Exploration Company wants to drill the well.  It says the suit will delay the process, but looks forward to moving ahead with drilling.

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WEMU News
4:54 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Group Suing Over Scio Township Oil Drilling

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The group Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards is taking the effort to prevent an exploratory well from being drilled in Scio Township to court.

The group would not say who it's targeting with the suit, but president Laura Robinson says the state Department of Environmental Quality failed when it issued a permit to West Bay Exploration Company. 

Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards holds an informational meeting at 7 tonight at the Scio Township hall.

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