- Associated Press - Thursday, July 24, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A judge has denied a request by opponents of an exploratory oil well in Washtenaw County for court intervention to stop work at the approved site.

The state Department of Environmental Quality approved Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Co.’s application earlier this year, despite objections from local officials.

The Ann Arbor News reports (https://bit.ly/1nX8ccH ) Washtenaw County Circuit Judge David Swartz on Wednesday dismissed a motion by Citizens for Oil-Free Backyards that would have prevented West Bay from continuing work at the site in Scio Township, located west of Ann Arbor.

The Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals says the DEQ took twice as long as usual to review the application because of public concerns. Scio Township, Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County commissioners have passed resolutions against drilling in the area.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, https://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor


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