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Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards

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


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.


A Traverse City-based company is moving forward with plans to possibly drill for oil or natural gas in an area just west of Ann Arbor.