Conservation topics: Enbridge 6B Pipeline Hydraulic Fracturing "fracking"
Hydraulic Fracturing/Hydrofracking/"Fracking" for Natural Gas
Conway Township currently has a new exploratory well going in north of Killinger Rd. on Sherwood Rd.
What is Hydraulic Fracturing? See brief video here: http://grist.org/climate-energy/this-video-explains-almost-everything-you-want-to-know-about-fracking/
Some helpful information distributed at our Conway Township meeting:
Here is the letter we recently distributed in Conway Township:
Here is a link to the DEQ sheet on pre-drilling household water testing: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/EQP_6553_Homeowner_Water_Sampling_Information_399756_7.pdf
Here are links to assist in understanding this issue:
Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan (Michigan.SierraClub.org)
What the Frack? (SierraClub compass)
Hydrofracking Presentations, Events, and Resources (Michigan.SierraClub.org)
For landowners: MSU Extension Oil and Gas information site
Government accountability office (GAO) studies:
GAO oil and gas resources Sept 2012 (pdf)
GAO environmental and public health requirements Sept 2012 (pdf)
Information on lease auction:
For lease numbers: mineral lease nominations (dnr.state.mi.us) (pdf)
Sale Summary: State of Michigan Oil and Gas Lease Auction – May 8, 2012 (Michigan.gov)
Pteradon is bidder numbers 101 and 113, Jordan is 114, Kosco is 109 (page 2). The Island lake parcels are listed starting around page 365, and seem to mostly be 113.
Other Useful Websites:
Dirty, dangerous, and run amok (Sierra Club natural gas article)
Natural Gas/Oil Drilling & Water - an overview of hydraulic fracturing (Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council)
Saline/Lodi Township citizens group (Tell Paxton No!)
Department of Environmental Quality Oil & Gas report (Michigan.gov)
Pictures of fracking (image gallery)
National Wildlife Federation - Hydraulic Fracturing in the Great Lakes Basin: The State of Play in Michigan and Ohio
Natural Resources Defense Council - air pollution, controlling methane releases
Enbridge 6B Pipeline
Enbridge, a Canadian company, is in the process of decommissioning an old pipeline and building a new one along side it in places.The pipeline easement runs from northeast Indiana to southeast Michigan, running through Livingston, Oakland and Macomb counties. This pipeline is the same one that burst in 2010 near Marshall Michigan and leaked almost 1,000,000 gals of tar sands crude oil into Talmadge Creek (which goes to the Kalamazoo River and eventually into Lake Michigan).
Many citizens are being impacted by this new pipeline and communities are trying to address the possible safety issues.
Good legal information: http://www.livingstonbankruptcy.com/id6.html
Angry Michigan Residents Fight Uneven Battle Against Pipeline Project on Their Land (Inside Climate News, 9-12-12)
Townships set out demands for pipeline, but Enbridge says it doesn't need consent (Free Press, 9-3-12)
A woman from Fenton is fighting oil company over land rights (www.wxyz.com, 8-15-12)
Livingston County woman halts Enbridge efforts to clear trees from her land (Free Press, 8-16-12)
Enbridge Energy comandeers 25-foot easement despite no agreement with landowner (Mlive.com, 8-15-12)
Citizens’ blog: http://grangehallpress.com/Enbridgeblog/2012/08/02/non-profit-polar-set-to-launch/#comments
Enbridge materials: http://livingstonroads.org/pdf_docs/Enbridge%20Replacement%20Project%20Handout.pdf