- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An energy company says it will indefinitely shut down oil well operations in Shelby Township after residents expressed strong opposition to the drilling.

West Bay Exploration Vice President Patrick Gibson said Monday the Traverse City-based company would halt operations by the end of the week. It had been running a test well in the Macomb County township and was going to decide whether to advance to production operations.

Shelby Township’s board passed a six-month moratorium last week against drilling in residential areas. Roughly 700 residents attended an emergency town hall to express frustration with the drilling.

Gibson says the company aims to be a good community partner and will address concerns before moving forward.

Scio Township officials near Ann Arbor passed a similar moratorium last week after the company started drilling there.

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