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
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Monday, June 17, 2013
Paxton Resources (Oil Company) Using Michigan DEQ to Force Homeowners -- Please Come Out and Tell the State NO! (UPDATE)
Check out the announcement here (http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/05-2013_third_order_of_adjournment_4223967_7.pdf)
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
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
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.
Mitchell M. Rohde, PhD
Lodi Township Resident
Mitchs' letter to the MDEQ was in response to their annoncement below.
Ed Golder, 517-335-3014, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
FracktopiaA 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
Monday, March 18, 2013
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.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Because a critical aspect of the IA process involves engaging with a wide range of decision makers and stakeholders, the university invites you to join us for this conversation via a LIVE WEBCAST on March 5, 2013 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (with pre-registration required, please). Not only will you be able to watch the meeting online as it's happening from the comfort of your personal computer, but you'll also have the opportunity to submit questions and comments to a moderator in real time during the event. Please see details below, and spread the word.
Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan: Integrated Assessment Overview & Discussion
Tuesday, March 5, 1:30-3:30PM
Agenda:1:30-1:40 Welcome and introduction, John Callewaert, Graham Institute
1:40-1:50 Opening remarks, Bill Rustem, Director of Strategic Policy, Governor's Office
1:50-2:00 Brief overview of process and timeline, John Callewaert, Graham Institute
2:00-2:45 Panel presentation and discussion with the U-M faculty members who are leading the preparation of 7 technical reports on the following topics:
- TECHNOLOGY: Johannes Schwank, Chemical Engineering; John Wilson, Energy Institute
- GEOLOGY/HYDRODYNAMICS: Brian Ellis, Civil and Environmental Engineering
- HUMAN HEALTH: Nil Basu, School of Public Health
- ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY: Allen Burton, School of Natural Resources & Environment (SNRE); Knute Nadelhoffer, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- POLICY/LAW: Sara Gosman, Law School
- ECONOMICS: Roland Zullo, Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, & the Economy
- SOCIAL/PUBLIC PERCEPTION: Andy Hoffman and Kim Wolske, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
3:15-3:30 Closing remarks and next steps
To receive access to the live stream, please REGISTER by March 1, 2013.
If you have any questions about this event or project, please contact John Callewaert, Graham Institute Integrated Assessment Program Director at (734) 615-3752 or email@example.com.
Graham Institute's Integrated Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Project Press Release