Farmington Hills Site of Next Meeting on ‘Fracking’ in Oakland County

Rights to thousands of acres of Oakland County land have been acquired for gas exploration and drilling, including the possible use of “fracking” techniques. Is it a good idea?

Another town meeting on the drilling and possible fracking" in Oakland County will take place June 24 in Farmington Hills. (Patch file photo)
Another town meeting on the drilling and possible fracking" in Oakland County will take place June 24 in Farmington Hills. (Patch file photo)

State Rep. Vicki Barnett, D-Farmington Hills, will join Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash at the latest in his series of town meetings on the impact of state-issued oil and natural gas drilling leases in Oakland County.

The meeting will be be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Farmington Hills City Hall, 31555 W. 11 Mile Road.

A question-and-answer period will follow presentations by Nash and Barnett, who has helped introduce bills in the Michigan legislature calling for better regulation of drilling and fracking in order to protect residents’ health and water resources.

More oil and gas drilling is coming to the area, although fracking may or may not be part of the process, Nash said in a news release. Drilling is already occuringin White Lake Township and other areas, and wells are planned or in place in Waterford Township, Auburn Hills, and other areas.

Tell Us:

  • Is fracking a good idea or bad? Do the benefits of uncovering new reserves of natural gas outweigh environmental and health concerns?

Many homeowners are worried about spills, noise, and increased truck and equipment traffic in urban and suburban settings. There are also health concerns regarding air and water pollution, as well as the possibility of earth tremors.                                                                                                     

Fracking, the common term for slick water horizontal fracturing, drills wells up to two miles into the earth, then turns the drill bit horizontally to drill up to several miles. The resulting well is then filled with millions of gallons of fresh water mixed with sand, salts and chemicals. The mixture is then subjected to bursts of intense pressure to loosen rock formations and release natural gas.

Many fear possible contamination of groundwater resources and have voiced concerns about disposal of the resulting hazardous fracking fluids.

“We want our residents to be informed and learn about topics that can affect our quality of life,” Nash said.  “As more and more leases are being signed across the county, residents need to know how this industry can affect the environment and their lives,” he added.

Jordan Exploration and West Bay Exploration have leased or purchased thousands of acres of land in Oakland County and the region over the past few years for exploration and possible drilling.  

Nash has held town hall meetings on the subject in over a dozen locations across Oakland County over the past two years.


Cheryl Junker June 17, 2014 at 07:50 PM
"'The Hydrogen Sulfide levels have likely reached 'nuisance' levels but not dangerous levels"...... a quote by Shaun Lehman the DEQ field rep in Conway Twp. (Fowlerville) regarding last weeks complaints of noxious odors by residents. Perhaps someone should consult ISHA as I'm not sure there are safe levels when fumes can be detected 5 miles away. I know, I don't want that stuff anywhere near my family and certainly not 350 feet from my kids school. Can someone post the Luvingston Press article? I'm away from my desk right now!
KK June 18, 2014 at 03:58 PM
Fracking is a very, very bad idea. It involves forcing toxic chemicals into the ground in order to push up the gas. These carcinogenic toxins stay in the ground and contaminate the land and the ground water, greatly increasing the cancer risk of everyone in the surrounding area. Also, nearby landowners will lose property value due to the groundwater contamination and the smell. Also, the contamination is permanent. Unlike other polluted water that can be cleaned, water mixed with fracking chemicals is destroyed forever and can NEVER be reclaimed. We have only a fixed amount of water on earth and a growing population - who in their right mind thinks permanently destroying water is a good thing? It is insane and absolutely selfish and unfair to future generations. These fracking companies will leave us with destroyed water, contaminated land, greatly increased risk of explosion from the gas that gets in home water pipelines, reduced property values and greatly increased risk of earthquakes (like the one in Ohio that was caused by fracking). Meanwhile, the oil and gas company CEOs will grab their big salaries and laugh all the way to the bank. We don't need "regulations", we need a total ban. The people of Michigan need to stand together and fight this. Shame on Barnett for not introducing a ban instead of regulations that can be manipulated. We all stand to lose. We all need to stand together to fight this.
Allie Bishop June 18, 2014 at 06:32 PM
What about surrounding communities? Do we have a voice in whether or not we want to introduce earthquakes into the environment?
Kathleen Rodak June 20, 2014 at 08:51 PM
I would hope that the people of Oakland County are informed enough about fracking that they would not allow it. It should be put to a vote by the people before anything is decided about drilling. Our environment is not for sale.
Bob June 25, 2014 at 01:46 PM
Fracking will destroy the water supplies and surrounding environment


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