Laura Robinson

Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards
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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.


Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards
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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.


Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards
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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.


Patrick Gibson West Bay Exploration
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The environmental risks of oil and gas developments and local solutions will be discussed Tuesday night at a meeting at the Scio Township Hall.  Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards are hosting the meeting which will include consultant and former Department of Environmental Quality official Chris Grobbel. 


Scio Township Mineral Rights Meeting
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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.