‘Don’t Drill the Hills’ Group Says Only a Few Told of Open House on Fracking

The group is concerned about environmental and health risks associated with drilling.

An informational meeting is planned Monday in Rochester Hills to discuss horizontal drilling.
An informational meeting is planned Monday in Rochester Hills to discuss horizontal drilling.

“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.

To learn more,and visit Don’t Drill the Hills’ website or Facebook page to learn more, and to find out what residents can do.


Erin May 07, 2014 at 10:56 PM
Oh yeah, DDH on CH 4 as well. http://oaklandice.org/2014/05/07/local-news-interview-ddh-members-cover-oil-and-gas-meeting/
Steve Krause May 15, 2014 at 09:42 AM
I read today that because of severe drought conditions in California, many local governments there are voting to restrict--if not outright ban--fracking in their areas. Good news for anti fracking folks. It's an interesting story. Take a look: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/15/us/californias-thirst-shapes-debate-over-fracking.html
Clark Barrett May 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM
In Los Angeles (search Atwater Village) they are dealing with a 10,000 gallon oil spill from a 20" pipe. Knee high oil is something we can look forward to as well. Nightmarish and stupid.
Clark Barrett May 15, 2014 at 01:04 PM
You wanted it you got it. Don't Drill the Hills Inc. filed suit (May 15, 2014) against the City of Rochester Hills for violating the City Charter, Michigan statute, and the public trust. Go to dontdrillthehills.org to learn more. Join the fight, write your City and State representatives, donate to support the cause.


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