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Michigan DEQ approves oil drilling permit for Southfield church

 

Despite numerous and boisterous complaints from residents, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on Tuesday approved a drilling permit for a controversial, exploratory oil well on a Southfield church’s property. But neighbors vehemently opposed to having the project in a residential area vow to continue to fight.

Southfield vows to fight drilling project's approval

 

Southfield officials vowed Tuesday to fight a decision by the state Department of Environmental Quality to approve a permit for a controversial plan to drill on the property of a Southfield church.

Traverse City-based oil and gas exploration company Jordan Development could begin drilling as early as next week on Word of Faith church’s 110-acre site at Evergreen and Nine Mile.

Southfield residents alarmed by church drilling plan

 

When longtime Southfield resident Bonnie Ayres learned that oil drilling was proposed for a church property in the city, she immediately rejected the idea.

“Who had the idea that back here in the woods is a good place for an oil well?” Ayres said. “It shouldn’t even be considered. There’s too much at stake. It takes only one drop and you can just contaminate thousands of gallons.”

Greig, Moss, Wittenberg to run for re-election to Michigan House

 

Moss, a former Southfield City Councilman, is the minority vice-chair of the House Local Government Committee and is the Democrats’ point-person on legislation affecting local municipalities.

“I’m proud to be a strong voice in Lansing for our most local concerns at home,” said Moss, who served as acting chairman of the committee just six months into his tenure as state representative, marking the first time in recent years that a member from the minority party has chaired an entire legislative committee meeting with action items on the agenda.

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