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

Friday, December 16, 2011

Gasland The Movie Check It Out

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Be sure to visit Gasland The Movie .  

In 2009, filmmaker Josh Fox learned his home in the Delaware River Basin was on top of the Marcellus Shale, a rock formation containing natural gas that stretches across New York, Pennsylvania and huge stretches of the Northeast. He was offered $100,000 to lease his land for a new method of drilling developed by Halliburton and soon discovered this was only a part of a 34-state drilling campaign, the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history. Part mystery, part travelogue, and part banjo showdown, Gasland documents Josh's cross-country odyssey to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - is actually safe. As he interviews people who live on or around current fracking sites, Josh learns of things gone horribly wrong, from illness to hair loss to flammable water, and his inquiries lead him ever deeper into a web of secrets, lies, conspiracy, and contamination - a web that potentially stretches to threaten the New York Watershed. Unearthing a shocking story about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, Gasland races to find answer about fracking before it's far too late.

 
This is an amazing documentary film by Josh Fox that won a Sundance Film Festival award in 2010.   We may try to obtain a copy of the DVD and show it at  a future meeting.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A "Smoking Gun" on how an oil/gas company rep operates?

The next meeting will be held tonight Thursday Dec. 15 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.  LodiTownship Residents Only Please

Here is an interesting article from this summer on a notebook found by a homeowner in Ohio.  It is interesting to note that the oil and gas "landman" mentioned in the Ohio situation  (Jim Bucher) is the same one that has been approaching Lodi township residents. 

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=14246532

Check out some scans of the found pages: http://wvgazette.com/static/watchdog/DrillerTalkingPoints.pdf

Note the Michigan ties in the article, and how portions of the content compare to what neighbors have shared in meetings relative to their contact with the Paxton representative. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Comment from Paxton!

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The next meeting will be held on Thursday Dec. 15 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.  Lodi Township Residents Only Please
 
In the past week, this website received the following email from someone purporting to represent Paxton Resources, the company attempting to lease rights and drill in Lodi Township:
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I'm the guy from Paxton... We are an independently owned Michigan company. WE ARE NOT DRILLING AND FRACKING GAS WELLS IN WASHTENAW COUNTY. If you are truly concerned, or curious about who we are or what we are doing please call me. Look our number up online, our one and only office is in Gaylord www.paxtonenergy.com. They will give you my cell number, and I can meet you at a time and place of your choosing. I'm a nice guy, not looking to argue, but am a huge advocate for open dialogue. I'm in Washtenaw county all the time (I'm here right now).

At this point, no one from this site has made any attempt to contact Paxton to discuss this. I would urge you to do so to ensure that your ongoing anti-Paxton campaign is at least factually accurate. Thepeople in charge of O&G development are the DEQ. You can find a lot of information by simply contacting them or clicking around this site http://www.michigan.gov/deq
 
Sincerely,
Gregory J. Vadnais
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Assuming that this is from Paxton, we offer the following comments in response:

A) "We are an independently owned Michigan company": We understand that Paxton Resources is a Michigan-owned company that operates both inside and outside Michigan. For example, Paxton lost the Brannaman lawsuit -- referred to elsewhere on this website -- which arose out of its activities in Wyoming. Mr. Vadnais is named in media reports regarding that lawsuit.

B) "WE ARE NOT DRILLING AND FRACKING GAS WELLS IN WASHTENAW
COUNTY": We have no idea what exploration, drilling, or fracking activities Paxton is presently conducting in Washtenaw County. The proposed leases that Paxton has sent to homeowners in Washtenaw County would not preclude Paxton from engaging in hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking").

C) "no one from this site has made any attempt to contact Paxton to discuss this": It is not our responsibility to provide a platform for Paxton's views. If Paxton would like to convey additional information regarding their intentions, they can do so on their own website.
 
 D) "... is at least factually accurate.": If any information on  this website is factually inaccurate, please bring that to our attention. This website does not pass along rumors, and provides  factual information from reputable sources like the New York Times and  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
 
 E) "The people in charge of O&G [oil and gas] development are the  DEQ": The DEQ's responsibility is to protect the natural environment  in Michigan, including by regulating oil and gas development  consistent with public health and environmental protection.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

It's been done for many years before, so it's safe....please sign here...

One of the "defenses" of these oil/gas operation that has been passed around is that the techniques have been used for many years - since the 40s, and there hasn't been a problem. A little research online reveals that there are differences between the older techniques and those being used (in many cases) today -- that is, a difference between hydraulic fracturing and "slick water" or "high volume" hydraulic fracturing. For a comparison, check out this quick-sheet from some folks in New York who are facing drilling in their area:

High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing

Obviously, there are some differences between MI and NY in terms of the laws and how the technology might or might not be applied. The point here, however, is that the argument that what was done a long time ago is the same as what is being done today in the name of "fracking" is simply not true.

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The next meeting will be held on Thursday Dec. 15 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.   
Lodi Township Residents Only Please

Monday, December 12, 2011

What's going on at the "Top of the Mitt?"

Some excellent information about what is occurring in Michigan, and why folks should be (very) concerned: http://www.watershedcouncil.org/learn/hydraulic-fracturing/

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The next meeting will be held on Thursday Dec. 15 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.   
Lodi Township Residents Only Please

Friday, December 9, 2011

Can signing a mineral rights lease cause problems for my mortgage, property value? Yes!

Here is an interesting article from the New York Times about how  banks view properties with gas and oil leases.   

Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages

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The next meeting will be held on Thursday Dec. 15 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.   
Lodi Township Residents Only Please

Thursday, December 8, 2011

BanFrackingMichigan.Org

Below is an email I received which I'd like to pass along to you.  Also, please enter your e-mail at the right so you will be notified everytime this site is updated.  Your e-mail will be kept private.

Hi, Friends,  As you might know, we formed a new organization, Ban Michigan Fracking, last week to ban this awful destructive practice in our state.  Our website is www.banmichiganfracking.org

We want to BAN fracking in Michigan and we oppose all moratoria because they co-opt what the public really wants--a ban.  We oppose the bills introduced in Michigan's House of Representatives, HB 5149, 5150 and 5151.  This same tactic has been tried in other states, and we won't stand for it.
That's why we created a petition to the Michigan State House, the Michigan State Senate and Gov. Rick Snyder which says: 

"I OPPOSE the bills introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives(5149, 5150 and 5151) to "reform" fracking in Michigan.  I support only a BAN on fracking, not moratoria.  If I previously indicated support for these bills, I revoke that support."

Click here to sign our petition:  Ban Michigan Fracking
To find out more about the bills please visit our website:  http://www.banmichiganfracking.org and go to "Oppose the fracking 'reform' bills.

Thanks,  LuAnne Kozma, Anna Kathryn Sluka and Julia Williams
Ban Michigan Fracking

Monday, December 5, 2011

Please Sign This Petition to Ban Fracking in Michigan

Please sign this petition at  SignOn.Org to ban fracking in Michigan.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday Dec. 15 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.   
Lodi Township Residents Only Please

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Potential Well Locations?

This map Potential Well Locations was provided by a representative of Paxton  Resources to a local, who was told that the locations noted may be where some wells are drilled if Paxton gets its way. Take a look!  Be patient, the map takes a minute to load.

A Convoy of Huge Trucks and Equipment? No thanks!

As homeowners who enjoy the natural beauty, peace, and quiet of our
area, we are very concerned about the type and amount of traffic that
oil and gas operations could bring to our area.  If you want to look
at some of what a typical oil and gas "fracking" operation looks like,
check out the following link:
http://www.marcellus-shale.us/Marcellus_FRAC.htm

Friday, December 2, 2011

New York Times Article and Next Meeting Announcement

The next meeting will be held on Thursday Dec. 15 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.   
Lodi Township Residents Only Please

This article was on the front page of the New York Times yesterday.
Learning Too Late of the Perils in Gas Well Leases