Meeting to focus on oil and gas issues 2012.03.28

Written by David Green.

 An informational meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m. April 5 in Brooklyn to discuss various issues relating to the exploration of oil and gas resources, particularly waste disposal injection wells.

The guest speaker is Dr. Christopher Grobbel, a specialist in environmental policy and law.

West Bay Exploration has requested approval to drill two deep waste injection wells in Norvell Township located north of Wamplers Lake. Due to public concern, the EPA will schedule a public hearing at a later date.

The April 5 meeting is scheduled in advance of the hearing to learn about the possible impact on the River Raisin Watershed and the groundwater resources in the Irish Hills area.

Portions of Jackson, Lenawee, Hilldsale and Washtenaw counties are experiencing considerable oil and gas drilling activity. The large amount of drilling underway near Brooklyn might be experienced in many other areas of southern Michigan.

Jackson County is now reported as the largest oil-producing county in Michigan, with Lenawee in the number three spot.

Organizers of the meeting say the goal of the presentation is to better understand the impact of drilling activities on the environment and how the community can effectively engage in the process. 

Topics of focus include:

• waste disposal injection wells

• preparation for the EPA hearing 

• the impact of oil and gas on water and land resources

• working with local government on environmental ordinances to protect and improve the watershed

• possible financial resources available to communities to enhance and develop recreation and environmental projects.

The meeting is scheduled at Cornerstone Community Church, 201 Constitution Ave., in Brooklyn. When driving into Brooklyn on M-50, turn left at the Big Boy restaurant.

For additional information, call former Morenci resident John Bancroft at 517/945-4822. 

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