We, Nopaxton.com, are a growing group of Lodi and Saline residents that are concerned about the impact that oil and gas drilling and associated operations may have on our land and environment. Those who live here appreciate the natural beauty, clean water and air, and relative peace and quiet, and want to keep it that way. Based on substantial freely and publicly available information, it is clear that exploitation of oil, gas, and other mineral resources under our land may result in a variety of unintended, unwelcome side-effects, and we do not intend to allow that to happen.

If you live in Lodi or Saline and have been approached by a company calling itself Paxton Resources, or are concerned about potential side-effects of oil and gas drilling on your or your neighbors properties and want to learn more, please contact us at: nopaxton at gmail dot com

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sad News - Oil Well Planned for Grass Rd.

As everyone has noticed our site has been quiet for some time now.  Some of our neighbors have sold their homes and moved to avoid living near the oil wells that are coming to Lodi township.

Many of us have decided to stick it out.  Many of us have lived here a very long time, have invested alot of time and energy in our homes, enjoy the woods, etc.    I am sure that some of us were hoping the wells would come up dry and Paxton would pack up and go home.   Since none of that has happened we are left here to see an oil well planned along Grass Rd. 

The well is planned on the Gatt farm which takes up much of the space at the corner of Austin and  Grass Rd in Saline Township.  The border with Lodi township is just a few hundred feet up the road of the planned location of the well.

The posts marking the proposed driveway for trucks to enter the well site from Grass Rd to pick up oil were marked about a month ago with stakes that have blue ribbons on them.   On the ribbons is written "Proposed Driveway".  It does not take much imagination to figure out for what.

We understand that the Washtenaw County Rd. Commission Supervisor for western Washtenaw county, John Posegay, is insisting on clearing 500 feet of trees around the driveway of the proposed well.   A few days ago we noticed that about 15 large trees have been marked with hot pink spray paint.   Johns' phone number is 734.327.6690.  Please call and tell him you want to save the trees on Grass Rd.

The permit for the well has not even been requested yet and already they are preparing to knock down beautiful trees that are 50 - 100 years old or more. What happens if the well comes up dry, the trees will already be gone at the rate the county is moving.

For many years I have walked along Grass Rd in the hot summer evenings and enjoyed the beautiful canopy that the trees formed over the road.  It is a shame to think that many of these trees will be gone thanks to Paxtons and Gatts oil well.

The movie "Cupcake Bandit" was filmed on this area of Grass Rd several summers ago.  Here are a few scenes from the movie.  You can see how beautiful the trees lining the road are in the summer time.  And now the Washtenaw County Road Commission wants to remove the trees for no good reason.






We are encouraging everyone to call  John Posegay and tell him that you want to preserve the trees on Grass Rd.   Johns contact from the Washtenaw County Rd Commission employee directory is:


email:   posegayj@wcroads.org 
phone:  734-327-6690


Please call and e-mail John Posegay and leave us a comment below to let us know that you did.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Legislators put brakes on fracking activities, oil and gas companies slink away...

Nopaxton readers might be interested in the following article - an interesting turn for many folks in PA.  We can only hope Michigan's legislators are able to take a reasonable stand and protect where we live....
 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Local legislators take action to protect our environment!

Nopaxton received word today that Rep. Gretchen Driskell (52nd District) and Rep. Jeff Irwin (53rd District) will be announcing a pair of bills aimed at protecting Michigan's precious natural resources.  The bills focus on restricting hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") and giving local Michigan governments and constituencies the opportunity to decide whether or not they'd allow potentially damaging drilling operations in their municipality.  For those that might not know, as Michigan law currently stands only certain types of municipalities have the ability to regulate drilling in their area, and townships (which constitute the vast majority of rural municipalities within the State) currently have no say at all.  Reps. Driskell and Irwin are taking a stand, and we'll find out more and pass it along.  
 
 For more information, their offices can be contacted at:
     Rep. Driskell (855) 627-5052 
     Rep.  Irwin    (517) 373-2577

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Please Attend The Compulsory Pooling Hearing, Lets' Tell Paxton No!

Just a reminder that the hearing for the Saline Township residents who Paxton Resources is trying to compulstory pool is  on Friday June 21, 2013 at 2pm at the Saline Township Hall.  For more info please see the original post http://www.nopaxton.com/2013/06/paxton-resources-oil-company-using.html

Monday, June 17, 2013

Paxton Resources (Oil Company) Using Michigan DEQ to Force Homeowners -- Please Come Out and Tell the State NO! (UPDATE)

NoPaxton was recently contacted by residents on Braun Road in Saline Township whose property is the subject of a compulsory pooling order being sought by Paxton Resources. These neighbors, who have lived in their house for many years, have been hounded by Paxton to lease their mineral rights and have thus far refused. They are living among numerous oil wells which are emitting fumes strong enough to prevent them going outside at times. This pooling order, should it go in favor of Paxton Resources, will FORCE these neighbors to sign away their rights AGAINST THEIR WILL. These folks are fighting it. They are the first who are treading this path and are doing it as pioneers in our area. It could be any of us in the future. NoPaxton fully supports their efforts. Remember, in this country, no means no, and people shouldn't have to give up their rights simply because a tiny, politically connected oil company wants to earn a bigger profit line.
On June 14 (when the hearing was supposed to occur) a group of activists came to the Saline Township Hall to support the Armbrusters, only to find the hearing had been rescheduled to THIS FRIDAY, June 21st, at 2 PM.  WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE ANY AND ALL FOLKS TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT THE ARMBRUSTERS AND SEND A MESSAGE TO THE MDEQ - NO MEANS NO, AND WE'RE NOT GOING AWAY!  Please come this Friday to:

                                      June 21, 2013 at 2 PM
Saline Township Hall
5731 Braun Road

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Distraught Residents of Saline Township Contact NoPaxton in desperate search for assistance

NoPaxton was recently contacted by residents on Braun Road in Saline Township whose property is the subject of a compulsory pooling order being sought by Paxton Resources.  These neighbors, who have lived in their house for many years, have been hounded by Paxton to lease their mineral rights and have thus far refused.  They are living among numerous oil wells which are emitting fumes strong enough to prevent them going outside at times.  This pooling order, should it go in favor of Paxton Resources, will FORCE these neighbors to sign away their rights AGAINST THEIR WILL.  These folks are fighting it.  They are the first who are treading this path and are doing it as pioneers in our area.  It could be any of us in the future.  NoPaxton fully supports their efforts.    Remember, in this country, no means no, and people shouldn't have to give up their rights simply because a tiny, politically connected  oil company wants to earn a bigger profit line. We encourage any folks who have an opinion on the subject to show up to support their neighbors at the following time and place:



June 14, 2013 at 10 AM
Saline Township Hall
5731 Braun Road
Saline, MI    48176

The hearing was previously scheduled in May. Check out the announcement here (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/05-2013_second_order_of_adjournment_422395_7.pdf)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

An Open Letter To The MDEQ About Fracking In Michigan

The following was written by NoPaxtons founder, Mitch Rohde, to the MDEQ.  If he gets a response we will post about it here.

Sirs,

A friend forwarded the note below relating a number of meetings that are planned by your organization.  Based on the email, I assume the intent is to inform the public on facts regarding oil and gas development in Michigan, which is a noble goal.  Unfortunately, the note ends with this erroneous quote,

  "Operators in the state have used hydraulic fracturing to maximize well production on more than 12,000 wells since the 1952 without harming surface or groundwater. "

This is untrue on multiple levels, and I am shocked and embarrassed to see this continuing error being propagated by your organization.  The implication in this statement is that there is an equivalence between the high volume, high pressure, chemical-laced hydraulic fracturing at the center of contention and debate (here and elsewhere) and low volume, low pressure, non-chemical (or low chemical) fracturing used in the past.  In fact, the current "fracking" that many are concerned about was pioneered in the 90s and is the reason for the current shale "boom" - there is no equivalence, particularly when it comes to the issue of potential impact and groundwater safety.  The continued mantra that MDEQ attempts to mislead the public with - that it has been used since the 50s and is safe - is a complete and utter sham, and you should be ashamed.  Further, the idea that there has been no harm to surface or groundwater caused by oil and gas operations, or hydraulic fracturing, has two issues:
  • That the State simply does not continually monitor the area surrounding wells in any meaningful and long term fashion, thus has its head in the sand and has no true idea of the damage that has occurred. 
  • That the State has attempted to ignore/hide problems that have occurred.  Dr. Christopher Grobbel, a former MDEQ staffer and current consultant, was quite forthcoming in explaining how MDEQ has an internal list of ~700 oil and gas contamination sites known in Michigan since 1986, and how one major list of Michigan contamination sites was intentionally deleted by MDEQ in 1995.  His presentation is publicly available at http://banmichiganfracking.org/?p=915. 
Thus, as a lifelong Michigan resident and taxpayer, I would like to know how you can continue to put out press releases that are, at best, highly misleading, and at worst, intentionally false.  I will be waiting for your written reply.

Thanks,
Mitchell M. Rohde, PhD
Concerned Citizen
Lodi Township Resident
**************************************************

Mitchs' letter to the MDEQ was in response to their annoncement below.

Ed Golder, 517-335-3014, goldere@michigan.gov


DEQ, DNR to host oil and gas meetings

Leasing and fracturing key agenda issues for public forums

The DEQ today announced three public information meetings scheduled in key areas of the state to help residents better understand the process for gas and oil development in Michigan.

The meetings, scheduled for Troy, Muskegon and Traverse City, will include presentations by DEQ and Department of Natural Resources experts to outline how the state leases and oversees development of gas and oil deposits while protecting the environment and public health.

The DNR will host a biannual mineral rights auction May 9 in Lansing, and officials want to give residents who live in the affected 17 counties an opportunity to better understand the process and get answers to questions.

The following public meetings will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m.:

April 30 -- TROY: The Management Education Center (MEC)

Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

811 West Square Lake Road, Troy, MI 48098

May 1 – Muskegon: Stevenson Center, 1100 Lecture Hall

Muskegon Community College

221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442

May 2 – Traverse City: Holiday Inn West Bay

615 East Front St.

Traverse City, MI 49686

Michigan has a long history of developing gas and oil reserves, dating back nearly 90 years. Operators in the state have used hydraulic fracturing to maximize well production on more than 12,000 wells since the 1952 without harming surface or groundwater. While market prices have subdued development for the past few years, regulators expect future growth and want to inform interested residents about how the process works and what they can expect.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fracktopia Documentary on April 16 7pm

Fracktopia

A Town Hall Meeting on the Future of Fracking
Tuesday, April 16, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business
701 Tappan, Ann Arbor

Join Michigan Radio's Lester Graham and the U-M College of Engineering for this live event, featuring a screening of "Fracktopia," a documentary about the latest techniques to recover natural gas and oil and their potential consequences. Graham will lead a discussion with a panel of experts, members of the town hall audience, as well as take questions from Twitter (hashtag #fracktopia). Free Admission.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Map Of OIl Wells in Saline Township Michigan

As many of you have noticed and written to us about there are 2 new oil wells going in in Saline Township.  The map below shows the location of what we believe are all of the oils wells so far.    http://ww2.deq.state.mi.us/GeoWebFace/     From the layers tool, select oil and gas information and zoom for Saline township.  See for yourself.  It is not good news.



Monday, March 18, 2013

More Oil Wells in Saline Township - Not Good News!

As some of our readers have noticed there are new wells going in in Saline Township which borders Lodi Towship to the south.   The most recent well permit applications are for the Kohler well and Lucas well.  Details of the well permit can be found at the DEQ website March 18 Oil Well Permit Applications Please note that only two of the wells listed on this report from the DEQ is for Saline township.  The others are in other parts of Michigan.    We are also aware of the well going in on the Feldkamp farm and of another well along Michigan Avenue in Saline township. 

It is interesting to note that at the bottom of page 1 there is a well going in in Muskegon and there is a note that reads:


WELL MAY BE COMPLETED UTILIZING HYDRAULIC FRACTURING. 

This is not good news for the residents of the State of Michigan.