- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An energy company that shut down oil well operations in suburban Detroit last year after residents opposed the drilling has resumed work.

The Detroit News reports (https://bit.ly/1KhCN5a ) that since May 11 a well in Macomb County’s Shelby Township has been operating during business hours. It is expected to operate for a few weeks to determine whether there is enough oil at the site to begin full-time operations.

The well dug by Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration sits about 500 feet from some homes. Pat Daniels, West Bay’s vice president, says the company “would simply plug the well and restore the site” if tests find that the well isn’t productive.

Local officials last year passed a moratorium on drilling in the township. They’re monitoring the project along with area residents.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/

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