Neighbors upset over oil drilling in Shelby Twp.

(WXYZ) - A group of neighbors gathered to discuss an oil well that they said just appeared in the middle of a housing development without warning.

"Well, we're all very worried that across the street from us here is this oil well," said Jim Mattison. 

Residents tell Action News the oil well showed up in the middle of the housing development near 26 Mile and Dequindre in Shelby Township about two weeks ago. 

They are also annoyed with a humming noise that remains as workers at the well site drill deeper. We're told this rig is part a horizontal oil drilling platform operated by West Bay, a company that has approved lease agreements with the township.

But nobody told the Creekside Village neighborhood. 

Three years ago, Michigan’s lawmakers approved a bill to expand the drilling of the state’s natural resources.

Residents here say the man that built these upscale homes that surrounds the oil drill owns the land the rig sits on, and he leased the land to West Bay, again, not telling anyone.

Residents fear dropping property values, exposure to chemicals, added traffic from trucks, the safety of their children and quality of life. 

But residents aren’t giving up. They plan to take their fight to the city and state. 
 

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