As previously reported on this website, the Oakland Township Board and Planning Commission agreed to develop an ordinance that would minimize the impact of Oil and Gas drilling in Oakland Township, while protecting individual property rights and still be compliant with Michigan regulations. The Planning Commission has spent several months working on a draft ordinance. The draft ordinance was discussed at the December 8, 2015 Township Board meeting. At that meeting the Board agreed, in a 6 to 1 vote, that the ‘first read’ of the ordinance would take place at the January 12, 2016 Board meeting. Supervisor Gonser was the single dissenting vote. He wanted to take more time to study the draft ordinance.
Public input at Tuesday’s meeting is critical. It will ensure the Board understands the level of citizen support, and any concerns you may have with the draft ordinance.
PLEASE ATTEND THIS MEETING IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE IMPACT OF OIL AND GAS DRILLING IN OUR COMMUNITY!
DATE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2016
TIME: 7 PM
LOCATION: OAKLAND TOWNSHIP HALL – 4393 COLLINS RD.
HERE IS A COPY OF THE AGENDA & DRAFT ORDINANCE THAT WAS POSTED ON TOWNSHIP WEBSITE ON JANUARY 8:
A lobbyist for the Petroleum industry was at the December 8, 2015 BOT meeting and attempted to influence the Board members. His arguments for why Oakland Township should not pass a local ordinance controlling oil and gas drilling were:
- Just because other communities have an ordinance is not a reason for Oakland Township to have one
- There are no pending oil or gas drilling permits in Oakland Township
- State law controlling oil and gas drilling is preferable
- There will be administrative costs associated with an ordinance
- Local Auto manufacturers are benefiting from the sale of big profitable SUV’s and trucks due to low oil and gas prices
- There are many people currently laid off in oil industry due to low oil and gas prices
- There may be legal challenges (and associated costs) as a result of an ordinance
- There is no ‘fracking’ in Oakland County
- Legal challenges could be based on ‘property rights taking’
- Oil and gas drilling ON STATE PROPERTIES generates revenue for the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund (MNRTF)
- Oakland Township has been recipient of grant funds from the MNRTF
Here are previous articles posted on this website regarding this topic:
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? Even though the likelihood of new oil and gas drilling is currently low due to the low cost of oil and gas prices, our community needs to take whatever action is within our legal authority to protect our community from future undesirable oil and gas drilling, while protecting individual property rights.
January 8, 2016