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

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.



Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Webcast March 5

The University of Michigan's Graham Sustainability Institute invites you to take part in an important conversation concerning hydraulic fracturing in the State of Michigan, with a key opportunity to do so via the Internet on March 5, 2013.  For more information and to sign up please visit Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan  Pre-registration is required.

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
2:45-3:15 Facilitated Q & A with panel (participants will be able to submit questions via the live stream web page)
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 jcallew@umich.edu.

Related Links:
Graham Institute's Integrated Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan
Project Press Release