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, April 30, 2012
For more information, contact:
Ellis Boal 231-547-2626
Charlevoix--On April 27, 2012, Ban Michigan Fracking, together with Deanna Hughes and Heather Schiele, filed a request for a declaratory ruling with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) director Dan Wyant, asking the agency to treat frack wells statewide as injection wells, and to suspend issuing frack permits while it decides the petition.
The petition notes the gas industry agrees a frack well is an injection well, so the DEQ should too.
A ruling would mean applicants for frack wells would have to provide data, among other things, about the chemical analysis of the types of fluids to be injected. The data would have to be provided at the time of the application so nearby landowners can do efficient baseline water testing before drilling commences.
Hughes and Schiele live in Sherman Township, Gladwin County, where Devon Energy is about to start horizontal fracking in the A-1Carbonate layer, a bit shallower than Utica-Collingwood.
Landowners and residents nearby to other frack wells are welcome to join the request.
Copies of this and additional case documents are on the website of Ban Michigan Fracking
Monday, April 23, 2012
Other examples of what's happening in the Irish Hills include hearing what sounds like a jet turbine at night; hearing about a neighbor's two-year old child developing asthma; and seeing dead fish floating in Wamplers Lake-- one fish having died in the midst of devouring another.
And then there's the story of a health care professional, who lives in a neighboring town who has endured endless frustration and shame while pleading with the DEQ and the oil/gas company to listen to her distress at not having windows open in the summer, or sitting out on the porch on a summer's evening; at witnessing her horses struggle with impaired lung disorder; at consolling her friend when she lost all her goats; or watching her friend's health deteriorate with chronic nose bleeds and a breathing disorder; at knowing that no one will buy her home if she decides she can no longer live on the land she loves. And it doesn't help the value of her home when eight wells surround it.
It was hydrogen sulfide emissions from the hydraulic fracked Kelly Well, #60212 HD-1, in Hillsdale County, (completed in 2006) that caused the living hell. Two residences were directly affected, due to the wind blowing in the direction of the homes. Continental Resources, Inc. nor the DEQ seemed too concerned until 2011, when the problem was fixed-- five years later.
These stories are real. If you have signed an oil lease we hope you will make a serious commitment to terminating the agreement with Paxton.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Fracking meeting in Irish Hills provides another side to the 'imperfect process' of drilling in Michigan
Members of No Paxton attended the April 5 meeting in the Irish Hills. For more info please see our post Recap of April 5 Meeting In Brooklyn
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
- Mitch Rohde, Founder of No Paxton, 5 minutes
- Hal Fitch, Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality, 30 minutes
- Paxton Resources Representative, 5 minutes
- Question and Answer session, 60 minutes (Written questions may be submitted for the speakers)
Members of NoPaxton attended a meeting in Brooklyn on April 5 where local citizens expressed their concerns over two proposed deep injection wells in Norvell Township. These wells are proposed by the oil companies for storing toxic waste related to local drilling efforts. This was the 3rd meeting held on this topic. It was jam packed with good information but very scary information.
In his past career with the DEQ Chris wore a haz-mat suit and participated in cleaning up oil spills. He has alot of insider information on the DEQ and confirmed some rumors we have heard regarding the DEQ in the past. Now we know these rumors to be true, Chris confirmed them with dates and facts. A video recording of his slides will be available soon at Ban Michigan Fracking
3) There is an internal (non public) list of contaminations the DEQ keeps (since deleting their DB in 1995) and it is purported to have 700 sites with contamination. If you extrapolate from the data in, today there are 28,000 wells in Michigan so we could have 1800 contaminated sites from those 28,000 wells.
- Example #1 - 'Hayes 22 Central Production' site example (Gaylord) there were 60 separate events of release of contamination. 3 landowners had to have their drinking water wells closed. A computer model of the contamination showed it would take 20-30 years to clean it up. I think these were the homeowners he cited that got into a lawsuit and had their houses bought by the oil company because they couldn't live in them or sell them to anyone.
- Example #2 - Most of the time the leaks are discovered by landowners, hunters or snowmobilers. Snowmobiler finds brine leaking, it's described by the DEQ as 40 gallons (they don't have to report less than 41 gallons). In reality it was over 400 (it was melting a huge swath of snow).
- Example #3 - Dairy farmer has a leak on his property. They discover crude leaking on the surface and benzene in the creek.
That harmless brine that the DEQ refers to often... Chris showed a slide of all the chemicals in the brine and it covered the screen. Its' not Morton salt. Basically, don't trust the regulator! (his actual words)
All fracking is not the same. Most of the older wells that have been fracked up north, in Antrim shale, are shallow. Much less risky than what's being done in the main target layer now (the Utica/Collingwood shale layer). The fracking being done in Utica/Collingwood is much deeper, therefore more toxic fluids (millions of gallons) and more opportunity for spills and leaks (it's human error afterall that's the main culprit). Up north only 3 wells are fracked in deep Utica/Collingwood layer. This is the deep hydro-fracking that really has everyone concerned.
Deep, high pressure hydro-fracking wells are not regulated like deep injection wells. They are treated like a conventional oil well. They should (presumably) be treated with the same regulation as an injection well since they are under the same sorts of stress (pressures and volumes).
There is no fracking in this area yet but the oil wells in the Irish hills area could easily be converted into fracking wells (they are in the right layer). The only thing that stops the oil companies from doing this is the price of natural gas and a deep injection well (to get rid of the millions of gallons of contaminated water they will create). Once they're done with the oil, and the price of natural gas goes up, fracking will probably begin.
They were proposing two injection wells for toxic waste store in Norvell. Norvell township supervisor discovered after calling DEQ that now they are proposing 3. He also discovered that the DEQ had already approved them (when he told the audience this at the meeting there was a gasp). People were extremely alarmed to discover that the DEQ had approved the wells before the EPA had their public hearing.
Injection wells are typically class I or class II. Class I is most toxic. Michigan has 1500 class II but only 7 class I. A class II can be converted into a class I.
THE GOOD NEWS
Grobbel cited 2 cases where public hearings on deep injection wells had gone in favor of the public (denying the applicant/oil company) and he said that the best tactic to use is to get people to go to the meeting and speak and write to disapprove (fill the room with people). These were in Alba and Kingsley (although Kingsley was ruling by judge and a strange one).
Monday, April 16, 2012
Given the special nature of the oil and gas activities, and the current State statute that directly tries to take the ability to regulate out of the hands of the municipalities, this is likely not the case, as Supervisor Godek admits in the attached mailing -- see Lodi Township March 2012 Newsletter to read. For best viewing click on Full Screen.
Unfortunately, the Supervisor seems to say that there is no hope in terms of regulating these activities. We respectfully disagree, and communities around the county are showing that they will and can protect the local population and environment though State law would seem to try to restrict them otherwise. We would suggest that it is time for Lodi to pass an ordinance like the one that is on the books in the City of Ann Arbor, or in Middlefield, NY, or in Dryden, NY, or look to the County or specialized legal expertise for additional guidance and assistance. It is time for the Lodi leadership to stand up and protect us. It is time for the Lodi leadership to protect our well, our air, our roads, our homes, and our property. It is time for Lodi leadership to stand up and fight!
This issue is far more important then a few chickens in someone's backyard.... And if your dog is against oil drilling then this is for him/her:
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
As you may be aware many of the Saline Township board members have signed oil leases with Paxton Resources so they are very supportive of Paxton and have made it very easy for Paxton to operate in Saline Township. Unfortunately, Lodi Township shares a border with Saline Township. The members of No Paxton are very upset with the leniency of Saline Township when it comes to oil wells.
Today No Paxton obtained copies of these well permit applications for proposed wells in Saline Township by Paxton Resources. It is our understanding that both of these wells will be in the Macon Rd. area. If you click on the images below they will be more readable.
So if you are against these oil wells as much as we are then please attend and voice your concerns to the Saline Township Planning Commission.
Saline Township Planning Commission Meeting
Tuesday April 3, 2012 at 7:30PM
Saline Township Hall
5731 Braun Road
Saline MI, 48176