SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - People living in Shelby Township will have the chance to take their concerns over oil drilling in their community to city leaders today.
An emergency town hall over an oil rig in the city has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. It will take part at Palazzo Grande.
That’s located at 54660 Van Dyke.
Anyone with concerns over the current oil rig site, or other sites where rigs may be built is invited to attend.
The meeting was called over concerns about the oil rig that was built at 26 Mile and Dequindre two weeks ago. The Creekside Village neighborhood is also in the area.
People who live in the area say the man who built their upscale homes also owns the land the rig sits on. They say he leased the land to another company without consulting them.
They’re worried about declining property values, exposure to chemicals and added traffic from trucks coming in and out of their neighborhood.
It was just three years ago that Michigan lawmakers approved a bill that allowed expanded drilling in the state.