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, November 23, 2012

Pleasant Lake Rd / Parker Rd Possible Oil Wells

On Sunday November 18 a member of NoPaxton was in the checkout line at Buschs around dinnertime.   The person in front of him was having a conversation wtih the cashier and the word "oil" was mentioned and the person was purchasing a Congratulations greeting card.

Being curious our NoPaxcton member struck up a conversation with the other shopper.

NoPaxton Member: excuse me; did I hear you say oil?
Person: yes. Oil. We are celebrating

NoPaxton Member: Yeah, I heard that they found some oil in Saline Township south of Michigan Av., Do you live in that area?
Person: no, I live on Pleasant Lake and Parker

NoPaxton Member: Pleasant Lake road and Parker?
Person: Yes.

NoPaxton Member: wow, that was quick, didn’t they just test a couple of months ago?
Person: yes and they found oil. They already pickup drilling spots for me and my neighbor

NoPaxton Member: Have you looked on the internet to see what is going on?
Person: yes, I have. I wanted to get a better deal than what they offered. I got a lawyer and got a much better deal; time to celebrate.
(he says that as he gets his money from the casher and leaves).

This is not good news to those of us who want to keep our land beautiful and free of chemicals and industrial wastes.  Unfortunately there are many is our society who are shortsighted and can only see the cash, which may or may not come.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 26 Landowner Oil and Gas Leasing and Michigan Oil and Gas Industry Educational Meeting

The Michigan State University Extension is announcing the following event:

Landowner Oil and Gas Leasing and Michigan Oil and Gas Industry Educational Meeting
Monday, November 26, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
(Registration opens at 5:30 pm)
Oakland County Executive Office Building (EOB), Bldg. #41W, Waterford, MI 48328

There is an increased interest in leasing oil and gas rights in Oakland County, leading to a potential new income source for landowners. It all begins with the mineral rights owner being offered an oil and gas lese to sign. The lease is a legal contract that can last for generations. When you read the lease, do you understand what it says?  Is there alternative lease language that will help you meet the goals you have for your property? 

MSUE is sponsoring a public meeting for landowners to educate them on the following topics:
  • Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality’s Role in Regulation the Michigan Oil and Gas Industry
  • Advances in Drilling Technology
  • Understanding and Negotiating the Standard Oil and Gas Lease
  • Legal Considerations in Oil and Gas Leasing

Registration fee is $10/person. Advance registration is highly encouraged by Friday November 23, but not required. Please contact the MSU Extension office at 248-858-0887 or smithlin@oakgov.com.

Meeting Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions 

  • Curtis Talley Jr., Michigan State University Extension (MSUE), Farm Management Educator
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Role in Regulating the Michigan Oil and Gas Industry (Representative from the Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, Michigan DEQ)

  • Introduction to the Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals 
  • Michigan oil and gas well construction requirements
  • Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan
  • Environmental considerations and regulations
Oil and Gas Industry Perspective on Advances in Drilling Technology (Representative from the Michigan Oil and Gas Association)

  • Horizontal and vertical well construction techniques
  • Environmental safeguards
  • Can oil and gas production coincide with residential and recreation areas?
  • What is the future for oil and gas production in Michigan?
Understanding the standard oil and gas Lease (Curtis Talley Jr., MSUE) 

  • What does the language in the lease mean?
  • Why should I be concerned about the lease language when I am getting a bonus payment?
  • What are the long-term implications of the standard lease?
  • Legal Consideration in Oil & Gas Leasing

Common pitfalls to avoid
Defining how the royalty is paid
Protecting groundwater quality in the lease
What can be negotiated in the lease?

Question and Answer Period Curtis Talley, MSUE

MSU Extension is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

Sierra Club Hosts Free Screening of The Sky is Pink Dec. 4 at Kalamazoo Central Library

Event Focuses on Key Environmental Issues in Southwest Michigan

Media Contact: Gail Philbin, gail.philbin@sierraclub.org, 312-493-2384 
Sierra Club Hosts Free Screening of The Sky is Pink Dec. 4 at Kalamazoo Central Library

The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter presents a screening of The Sky is Pink, a  short film about horizontal hydraulic fracturing (a.k.a. “fracking”) by Josh Fox, the Oscar-nominated director of Gasland, Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 7 pm at the Kalamazoo Central Library, Van Deusen Room, 315 Rose St., Kalamazoo.

Southwest Michigan residents concerned about the quality of their water, air and natural resources are invited to this free event, which will focus on  important regional environmental issues such as fracking and the Kalamazoo River Tar Sands oil spill and how concerned citizens can get involved. The “25x25” effort Michgan Energy Jobs– getting utilities to use 25% renewable energy and energy efficiency by 2025 -- to make Michigan a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency will also be discussed. To RSVP, email William Strong at williamstrong@sbcglobal.net.

The Sky is Pink is an 18-minute documentary about New York state’s urgent crisis of drilling and fracking, a brutal but increasingly popular method of extracting deep-seated natural gas that recently has come to southwest Michigan. Exempt from environmental regulations, fracking blasts 3-7 million gallons of chemical-laced water into rock to release gas. The result is air pollution and toxic water wells that can produce flaming faucets, as shown in Gasland, and even earthquakes.

The Sierra Club Michigan Chapter has been working with legislators on a package of bills to delay its actual practice in order to strengthen regulations to protect people from the fallout of this dangerous process. Learn more at Michigan Sierra Club

For more information, email williamstrong@sbcglobal.net.