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.