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Scio, Shelby townships block oil drilling

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 21, 2014 at 1:37 am •  Published: August 21, 2014
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SCIO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Officials in Scio and Shelby townships have enacted six-month moratoriums on oil-drilling areas after a Traverse City-based company began drilling in the townships.

The Ann Arbor News reports the Scio Township board of trustees unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday blocking oil or gas drilling in the Washtenaw County township. It also passed a plan of action for regulating the oil and gas industry.

West Bay Exploration has started drilling in Scio Township after two weeks of construction. It has leased about 1,300 acres from residents and businesses and could challenge the moratorium.

Shelby Township's board on Tuesday passed a moratorium against drilling in residential areas of the Macomb County township. Hundreds of residents attended an emergency town hall Wednesday to express frustration with the drilling.

West Bay says it finished drilling in Shelby Township.