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Energy company to stop Shelby Township drilling

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 26, 2014 at 11:31 am •  Published: August 26, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An energy company said it will indefinitely shut down oil well operations in Shelby Township after residents expressed strong opposition to the drilling.

West Bay Exploration Vice President Patrick Gibson said Monday the Traverse City-based company would halt operations by the end of the week. It had been running a test well in the Macomb County township and was going to decide whether to advance to production operations.

Shelby Township's board passed a six-month moratorium last week against drilling in residential areas. Roughly 700 residents attended an emergency town hall to express frustration with the drilling.

The company aims to be a good community partner and will address concerns before moving forward, Gibson said.

Scio Township officials near Ann Arbor passed a similar moratorium last week after the company started drilling there.

Gibson said he had received notice of the moratorium but hadn't read it closely. The company has no plans to stop drilling in Scio Township, he said, because of the status of activities at the site.

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