The group organized in opposition to oil drilling in the Saline area says two new wells are being installed and more are on the way.
In a posting on NoPaxton.com March 18 – the first posting about local developments since November – the group noted two new wells are going in Saline Township, while another is planned for the Feldkamp Farm on Michigan Avenue.
The posting pointed to recent oil well permit applications on the state’s Department of Environmental Quality website.
The application notes that Paxton Resources LLC has applied to drill two wells on property owned by Clarence Kohler. The property is located in Section 15, in the center of the township. The Kohler family owns several plats of land on the eastern end of Section 15, according to the county website.
Members of NoPaxton say they are concerned about the impact oil and gas drilling will have on drinking wells, the quiet surroundings and property values.
The application permit also shows that Rosetta Resources is planning to use the controversial technique known as “fracking” to create wells in Ravenna Township in Muskegon County.
“This is not good news for the residents of the State of Michigan,” said a posting on NoPaxton.com.
Fracking is not taking place in the Saline area at this time.
Last year, Saline City Council passed a moratorium on selling water to outside entities after a presentation by Lodi Township resident and Quantum Signal owner Mitch Rohde, a member of the NoPaxton group.
A representative from the DEQ told Saline City Council that the technology used to drill wells is safe. Several members of council were concerned about the potential impact of oil or gas drilling near aquifer to supplies the city’s water.
A DEQ official told council that modern drilling technologies are safe and pose little environmental threat.
The NoPaxton moniker is in opposition to Paxton Resources, the company drilling in the Saline area.