At the June 23, 2015 Oakland Township Board meeting, the Board asked that the Township Attorney provide some guidance regarding actions that the Board could take to protect the Township from inappropriate Oil and Gas drilling in Oakland Township. Surrounding communities were successful in putting a drilling moratorium in place until their communities could review and modify their ordinances to protect their communities.
The Oil/Gas drilling issue is on the July 14, 2015 Oakland Township Board meeting agenda.
Let our township officials know you support a temporary and enforceable 6 month drilling moratorium. Following the process of the surrounding communities, the moratorium can be predicated on providing the time to investigate and install zoning or other ordinance(s) relating to oil/gas activities and infrastructure. Since the Board is currently reviewing a proposed draft Zoning Ordinance for Oakland Township (Ordinance #16), it seems appropriate a moratorium could be justified.
The meeting starts at 7:00 PM at the Township Hall located on 4393 Collins Road.
Here is a copy of the agenda:
July 14, 2015 Oakland Township Board meeting agenda
As long as the oil and gas drilling does not adversely affect the environment, the property owners have a right to develop their land and harvest what benefits they can from it. What’s next, a moratorium on farming???
The moratorium will allow the Township to put in place the ordinance requirements to protect, not only the environment and ground water aquifers, but the property rights of the surrounding property owners.
Farming is not an accurate analogy here. Drilling does not just effect the property owner that lease his or her land. If injected chemicals get into the aquifers, it would effect thousands of residents that rely on those aquifers for their water. There is no cleaning the water once it is fouled. It is forever.
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