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, October 31, 2012


We at No Paxton are excited to pass along the following from Mark, one of the folks that has been impacted by the continuing problems caused by oil and gas exploration and drilling within our township. We heavily encourage those concerned to turn out and vote for Mark, as he's been a champion of protecting your rights and would make a fine Trustee!


Greetings, fellow Lodi Township residents!

While it is unfortunate that Byron Staebler, one of our trustees for Lodi Township has passed away, I thought that perhaps this would be an opportunity to help our residents, especially in light of recent events with Paxton and other corporations moving in on our land and drilling.

I am running as a write-in candidate for Township Trustee, to fill Mr. Staebler's vacancy. I am doing this, not just because of Paxton oil, but to help benefit our residents, and help take the side of the resident and taxpayer, rather than allow corporations to control our future in the township. In other words, I'm not a one-issue candidate. I want to live here in Lodi Township for as long as I can and make it one of the best places to live...anywhere. I DO want to also having a thriving economy in our township, but I want to do the right thing as well.

There are four other write-in candidates besides myself: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/elections/2012-elections/november-6-2012-general-election-unofficial-city-township-candidates

I hope to make myself available to all of you to represent the township and your interests. I am NOT aligning myself with a particular political party yet, as I see no benefit to do so at the moment.

My goals are:
1) To do what's best for our residents and preserving their homes, their land, and living conditions.
2) To take the side of the residents when business or corporations act or attempt to act to defeat Goal #1.
3) To do what is fair for both residents and businesses when it is a"win/win" for all.

I will do my best to serve and it's all I can do.

Personally, I am currently a real estate agent and Realtor with Elias Realty in Livonia. While my office is based in Livonia, I also work out of my home office (in my house here in Lodi Township) and I specialize in selling and buying homes for residents here in this area of Washtenaw County. I've lived here 10 years, I'm married and have two children here in the Saline school system. But as a real estate agent, I am VERY sensitive to the things that go on in our township and the area. So the activities of Paxton Oil concern me greatly in more ways than one.

I enjoy debate and I usually think of myself as having an open mind, so if you wish to discuss issues with me, I'm all ears. I may have an opinion that could be different than yours, but I want to listen to your opinions to mostly understand you so we can work together.

If you have questions, please call me (my cell is  734-369-7419) and I have several email addresses, but the best one to reach me on is mark.druckmiller@gmail.com.

Thank you and I hope to have your support on Election Day.

Mark Druckmiller
7590 Dell Road
Saline, MI 48176
 734-369-7419 (cell)
 734-944-0890 (home)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Elaine Masters, Lodi Township Clerk, Allows Testing on Her Property...What's the Problem?

Seismic testing vehicles herald seismic testing (for oil) beneath Lodi Township. This photo was taken at Pleasant Lake and Alber in the last week. 30 miles west of here, another oil company (Continental Resources) is planning to put in a well using hydraulic fracturing(fracking) technology and has applied to the State for a permit to doso. Even if no oil is found in our area, most leases state that drywells (test holes and exhausted wells) can be used for toxic wastedumps - that includes the fracking fluid that is recovered from otherwells. Are we willing to be a dumping ground for others who are earning $$ from this industry? Is this preserving the quality of life in Lodi Township?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Glenn Law, Mayoral Candidate for City of Saline, on Oil and Gas Development in the Saline Michigan Area

We apologize - Glenn did respond back in August, and we simply misplaced the email (!). We apologize profusely! Mr. Law had this response to our inquiry:

I am strongly opposed to any effort to drill for oil or gas here or anywhere in the state without first checking all of the safety aspects of such procedures. Even then after all safety steps have been addressed (health wise and environmentally) I would only support it on a limited basis. Our wells and water are one of our very important and vital natural resources. Michigan takes pride in being home to the greatest concentration of fresh water in the world. We should take every step possible to protect it. On the other side of the coin I pride myself during the years I was on city council of making sure all sides of an issue were heard. I make no exception here. I want to hear what your group and the "opposing" group have to say about the matter. It is only fair and right that all voices are heard. How else can elected officals make a proper and sound  decision. As mayor I would continue to oppose such measures until all safety aspects have been addressed. I hope this helps you and members of your group understand where I stand. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to call me or e-mail me.

So, there it is, folks - compare with Mr. Marl's response, and the choice is yours!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Brian Marl, Mayoral Candidate for Saline City Council, Provides His Views On Oil Drilling

Like the Lodi Township Supervisor race, we emailed both of the candidates running to become Mayor of Saline. While we have yet to receive a response from Glenn Law, we did get this from Brian Marl:

As a policymaker, and a citizen, I take the preservation of our environment very seriously. I agree wholeheartedly that residents have the right to protect themselves and their families from companies that would ignore the potential environmental and public health impacts of their actions.

I believe that state and federal government should be actively involved on the issue of fracking, to ensure that our community is protected from possible threats to our long-term public health and to our precious natural resources. Community leaders at all levels should actively strive to be stewards of our environment. Throughout my time on City Council, I have kept an open mind in considering new ways for city government to conserve energy, and be more efficient. 

As a pragmatist, I understand the role of traditional drilling in today’s economy. That said, I do believe in rigorous, data-driven oversight by governmental entities, and I believe that companies must be responsible in considering the long-term impacts of all practices. 

Brian Marl

This information is provided so as to help you make an informed decision at the ballot box. We will attempt to contact Mr. Law again, so stay tuned.