West Bay Exploration Co

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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Community
4:08 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

West Bay Begins Oil Drilling Before Scio Township Board Votes On Moratorium

Credit Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Efforts to block West Bay Exploration from drilling for oil in Scio Township have failed. The township board will still consider a temporary moratorium even though drilling has begun.


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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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Community
5:32 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Former Department Of Environmental Quality Official To Talk About Risks Of Oil Drilling

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

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. 


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Community
2:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Group Wants To Empower Scio Township Officials To Block Oil Drilling

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

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.


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1st Friday Focus On The Environment
2:08 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Protecting Private Property Gas And Oil Exploration In Washtenaw County

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WEMU explores what can be done to protect private property from gas and oil exploration here in Washtenaw County. The discussion has been spurred by recent actions of a Traverse City oil company attempting to lease area properties, an effort to further explore gas and oil mining operations in Washtenaw County.

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Community
11:28 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Scio Township Residents Learning More About Possible Oil Exploration In Their Community

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

Several hundred people learned more about oil exploration and mineral rights leases at Scio Township Thursday night.  Township officials held an informational meeting at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District facility on Wagner with a variety of experts because West Bay Exploration has leases to explore about one-thousand acres in the township. 


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