Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash will hold another in a series of town hall meetings to focus on the impact of new state-issued oil and natural gas drilling leases in Oakland County. These leases could bring “fracking” to our area.
The town hall meeting begins at 6 p.m., Wednesday, October 9th at The Charter Township of Commerce Township Hall at 2009 Township Drive. Joining Commissioner Nash will be Hal Fitch of the Department of Environmental Quality. A question and answer period will follow the speakers.
Fracking, the common term for slick water horizontal fracturing, drills wells up to two miles into the earth, then turns the drill bit horizontally to drill up to several miles. The resulting well is then filled with millions of gallons of fresh water mixed with sand, salts and chemicals. This mixture is then subjected to bursts of intense pressure to loosen rock formations and release natural gas. Many fear possible contamination of groundwater resources and have voiced concerns about disposal of the resulting fracking fluids.
“We want our residents to be informed and learn about topics that can affect our quality of life,” said Jim Nash.
Thousands of acres of land in Oakland have been leased to Jordan Exploration over the past year for exploration and possible drilling, including many sites in Commerce.
source: Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash