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Seismic Testing, Dynamite the Cause of Mysterious Booms in Highland

For several months large booms have been reported in Highland, the cause of the booms are dynamite used by a company doing seismic testing in the area.

Last November residents all over Highland reported hearing loud booms or explosions. The explosions were so powerful that people said their homes shook.

Deputies with the Oakland County Sheriff's Office Highland Substation investigated the noises, but couldn't find the source. It wasn't until a few weeks later that the source was discovered.

Highland Supervisor Rick Hamill said the noises heard throughout the township were dynamite explosions used by a company conducting seismic testing in the township.

That company, Hamill said, was seeking permission at Wednesday night's township meeting to conduct similar testing on township land.

That request was tabled after several board members expressed questions and concerns.

The company, West Bay Geophysical, has been working in the area along land belonging to Oakland County. The company has permission, Hamill said, to work on county land, and any land where owners give permission.

Trustee Chuck Dittmar said he wanted to know if the township owned the mineral rights for the property the company wanted to test—the township park off Hickory Ridge Road where the soccer fields are located.

In addition, Trustee Russ Tierney said he wanted to know the intent of the company should gas or oil be found.

Several board members expressed concerns over fracking, and Hamill said he too shared that concern.

Hamill said he will be in contact with the company to get some answers and address the township board's concerns. The issue was tabled, and is expected to be brought back for discussion at the March meeting.

mercman1951 February 17, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Read up on 'fracking'. It's an environmental disaster waiting to happen. My water supply and my surroundings are too valuable to me to have it destroyed by the interests of gas companies seeking profits and greed. Check out this movie. I don't want 'fracking' done anywhere near me: http://www.amazon.com/Gasland-Josh-Fox/dp/B0042EJD8A/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361113539&sr=8-2&keywords=gasland
Gerry X February 20, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I contacted West Bay Geophysical and got a prompt reply from their spokesperson, Pat Gibson: "most of the surveys we conducted were performed with our vibrator truck, not explosives. In the few cases where we used charges on cross country surveys, the charge is extremely small and buried in the ground. The impact of these charges is barely audible at the surface and would not sound like an explosion on neighboring property. Landowners affected by the survey are contacted through the mail so that they are aware of our timing. I am not sure what your mysterious explosions were, but I am pretty sure they were not the result of our surveys. Thanks again, Pat" Hmmm....
Brooke Tajer February 20, 2013 at 11:59 PM
Very, very interesting. Contradicts what their company told Highland officials haha. Thanks for the info!
Gerry X February 21, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I read in today's Oakland Press that Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash is taking on the issue of fracking. Mr Nash is holding a series of Town Hall meetings to inform people about what it means, the potential hazards, and to make sure people are aware of it before they lease their property," Nash said Monday. Our economy really depends on our water resources. If you look at the county, basically our best property values are around lakes and streams." I sent Commissioner Nash an email today and asked if he would like to speak in White Lake and Special Assistant to the Commissioner Craig Covey responded that they will try to put one together for the summer....
Brooke Tajer February 21, 2013 at 12:39 AM
That would be great. I know I and some other editors have talked about putting together an informational package of articles on the topic. We are seeing this pop up all over southeast Michigan.

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