“Don’t Drill the Hills,” the nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy group raising awareness about what its members see as risks associated with horizontal drilling, said in a news release that only selected area residents have been informed of an upcoming informational open house about possible drilling in Oakland County.
It will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday in the Richardson Center Theater at Rochester College, 800 West Avon Road in Rochester HIlls.
The format will be an informal open house with opportunity to “ask the expert” one-on-one questions.
The event and panel selection was facilitated by the City of Rochester Hills, according to a press release.
Panelists will include:
- Representatives from Jordan Development Company and/or their partner West Bay Exploration Company (the companies seeking mineral leases in the Rochester Hills)
- Hal Fitch, Assistant Supervisor of Wells, representing Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals (OOGM)
- A member representative of the Michigan Environmental Council
- Rochester Hills City officials
Don’t Drill The Hills said in its news release that it has learned from a city official that only a select few residents received notification by the city.
Oil and gas exploration affects all residents of Rochester Hills, particularly those along the Tienken Road corridor from Squirrel Road to Stoney Creek High School, the group said.
Don’t Drill The Hills (DDH) is a local, non-partisan grassroots group that is building awareness of the risks of horizontal drilling in high density residential and K-12 school areas. Concerns include: property rights, property values, mortgage and insurance complications, as well as potential environmental risks.