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, January 30, 2012

Canadian Company Putting in Another Oil Pipeline Through Washtenaw County?

A Canadian company operating out of Toledo is hoping to build another oil pipeline across Michigan, including through parts of Washtenaw County (we're looking into exactly where).  This same company (Enbridge Pipelines) is the outfit responsible for the Kalamazoo spill last year - 800,000 gallons of hazardous material released directly into the Kalamazoo River and related watershed.  Will Lodi, Saline, and surrounding areas suffer?  Read this to start...

Canadian Company Putting In OIl Pipeline through Washtenaw County?

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Are You Regretting Signing a Mineral Rights Lease?

We recently learned about an organization in New York called FLEASED  They offer support to landowners who are regretting that they signed leases for mineral rights on their property.   Be sure to check out the resources tab which includes information on how to terminate your lease.


FLEASED Resources (see lease termination package)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Reminder: Meeting Tonight Jan. 19 8PM

Just a reminder that a meeting will be held on tonight, Thursday Jan. 19 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in Saline.   We have lots  of new information to share so please attend.  Lodi Township Residents Only Please

Monday, January 16, 2012

A Great Summary of Some of the Issues Surrounding a Mineral Rights Lease

A coalition of concerned homeowners in New York put together an
EXCELLENT summary of the issues you should consider before signing 
any mineral rights lease.  Obviously, Michigan is slightly different but 
all the key information is correct/the same:
The document:  Newsletter 1
 Their website: Meredith Coalition 
 
It's good to see there are others banning together around the country
to protect their air, water, and land!
 
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The next meeting will be held on Thursday Jan. 19 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.   
Lodi Township Residents Only Please
 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Bothered by Edward Peters, Petro Vest (or is it Oak Meadows Company)?

Apparently, another landman has begun approaching and pressuring
landowners in our area to sign leases.  He called a number of folks
today/tonight (1/12/12) with the same old lines - "all your neighbors
have signed" type of stuff.  It is unclear whether or not he's working
for Paxton Resources, for another interest, or for himself, but in any
case one needs to consider whether a high pressure salesman on the
phone or at your door is really someone (or something) you want to
deal with.  If you have any questions about mineral rights leases or
drilling, check out the stuff on this website and/or email us with any
contacts or concerns.  If you'd like to contact Mr. Peters with your
opinion, his information is below:
 
Petro Vest/Oak Meadows CO
P.O. Box 653
Mount Pleasant,MI     48804-0653
 
Edward Peters
4240 E. Millbrook Road
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858-8126
w 989 772-5494, c 989 621-2344, h 989 772-6104
edsteroil@yahoo.com
 
See you Lodi landowners next Thursday night at the meeting!
 
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The next meeting will be held on Thursday Jan. 19 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.   
Lodi Township Residents Only Please
 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Oil Giant's Shell Game Nets Elderly Farmers

In Northern Michigan, hundreds of farmers and others expected a
windfall when they leased their land....only to have the shell
companies fronting for a larger oil company back out for little or no
reason.  This highlights the point that no matter the wording of the
contract or the promises made.... (read the full article below)
 
Oil Giants Shell Game Nets Elderly Farmers 
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The next meeting will be held on Thursday Jan. 19 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in SalineAll concerned citizens are welcome to attend.   
Lodi Township Residents Only Please

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

NoPaxton Obtains Copies of Permits For Saline Township Wells

The next meeting will be held on Thursday Jan. 19 at 8pm at the Union School Gym in Saline.   We have lots  of new information to share so please attend.  Lodi Township Residents Only Please

NoPaxton has obtained copies of the well permits applied for by Paxton Resources from the Michgan DEQ for the oil wells that are in or planned to be in Saline Township (Braun Rd. area).     Please see the links below.  For easiest reading click Full Screen once the permit document loads.



Monday, January 9, 2012

Natural gas leak in Michigan happens while images of Kalamazoo oil spill still linger

While the Enbridge oil spill happened over 7 months ago, for many of us the images of oil slicked ducks and men in hard hats wading in the river are still very vivid memories. When about a million gallons of oil leaked into the Kalamazoo River--killing animals, poisoning water, and hurting homeowner’s livelihoods—a quick and secure response plan was needed for a spill that was never supposed to happen. If we’re not careful, another spill, or leak, of potentially bigger proportions could happen again.  For the full article please see  Oil Spill Near Kalamzoo in Benzie County

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Energy giant gets $2.2 billion from China to frack in Michigan, Ohio, and other states

We just came across this rather disturbing announcement on the Ban Fracking Michigan website.  Devon Energy, based in  Oklahoma, obtained $2.2 billion from China this week for its fracking operations in the U.S., particularly in Michigan.  Devon owns 300,000 acres in Michigan.   For more information please read the full story by clicking below.

 Energy giant gets $2.2 billion from China to frack in Michigan, Ohio

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Out of fear for his childrens health, Mayor Calvin Tillman is quitting his position and moving out of Dish, Texas.  Dish is a town of 200 residents and 60 gas wells.   Read here for more on this story.

Mayor of Dish Texas Moves Due to Health Concerns Related to Fracking

Friday, January 6, 2012

Oil and Gas Drilling in Youngstown, OH Leads to Two Earthquakes in One Week, Including a Magnitude 4.0 on New Years Eve

This week, a well-regarded scientist from Columbia University spoke to
the press about how evidence strongly indicates that recent
earthquakes in Youngstown may have been directly caused by oil and gas
drilling operations there.  The situation is so serious that the State
of Ohio declared a temporary moratorium on drilling activities while
the (catastrophic) problem is analyzed.  It was also noted by the
executive VP of the Ohio oil and gas association that, "We haven't seen
anything from anyone at (the state agency) that would lead us to
believe that the well was not operating properly."  For more
information, see the articles at:formation, see the articles at: 
 
US Earthquake Ohio 
Ohio Earthquake Likely Caused By Fracking 
Manmade Quakes Blame Fracking And Drilling 
Ohio Mayor Buys Earthquake Insurace