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Shelby Township 2014 Road Projects

It is shaping up to be a very busy year for road construction in Shelby Township in 2014. In past years the Macomb County Department of Roads (MCDR) has had one or two road projects under construction annually. Because of several anomalies this year's schedule has six major projects. Check here for continuing updates on the projects. 

Shelby Township 2014 road projects summary
Aug. 21 MCDR construction updates

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Shelby Township shares drilling moratorium with county, neighbors
Following the Shelby Township Board of Trustees' 7-0 approval of a six-month moratorium on oil/gas drilling, Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis shared the moratorium with neighboring community leaders and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, so that they can reap any and all benefits from Shelby Township's groundbreaking law.

Letter to Mark Hackel and Shelby Township Oil/Gas Drilling Moratorium
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Shelby Township FD Oil/Gas Safety Brief Aug. 20


The work being done at the 25 Mile and Dequindre roads oil/gas exploration will now fall under the umbrella of the Shelby Township Fire Department, department officials will be making frequent site visits during the “finishing” phase of the well and will issue updates to the public concerning public safety awareness.


Starting Aug. 20, workers from the oil company will be on site from 7 a.m. until late afternoon or early evening Monday thru Friday.


No night time work will be done. As of Aug. 20, the oil company does not expect to work on Saturdays or Sundays. We are now in close contact with the Safety Director from West Bay Exploration as well as the site foreman and though it was a slow start to get communications going we now have an open dialog with them.  I have advised them on what we expect from them as far as reporting and prior notice on any change in the work being done at the site, so we can be prepared to respond if needed.


What you can expect:

Over the next few days West Bay Exploration will be inserting a 2 7/8-inch diameter pipe into the well casing using a finishing rig. This process can take up to a week or two. They will have to drill out a cement type mixture that was used to cement the 5 ½ inch well casing to the surrounding earth. This is done using primarily a brine mixture (salt water).


Looking to next week; they have advised us that they may have to use dilute hydrochloric acid to help clean out the well bore. They will be testing the drill cuttings and if this becomes necessary an onsite safety meeting will take place between the Shelby Township Fire Department and the site foreman PRIOR to this process being done to ensure all necessary precautions in are in place. Please note that the dilute hydrochloric acid is the same product that is used by fresh water well drillers to remove scale from fresh water well supply screens. This product is regularly transported throughout our area.

JIm Swinkowski
Fire Chief
Shelby Township Fire Department

(586) 731-3476 

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West Bay Exploration updates status of oil/gas exploration in Shelby Township
West Bay Exploration Vice President Pat Gibson provided the following update on the exploration process at the Shelby Township well near 25 Mile and Dequindre roads Aug. 19, 18, 15 and 14.

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Supervisor,

We have moved a truck mounted completion rig to the site. This rig is approximately 2/3 the height of the drilling rig. The completion rig only operates during daylight hours as opposed to the 24 hour activity of the drilling rig. I anticipate this smaller rig to be on location for approximately two weeks. At the end of this time we will know whether or not the we have a productive well.  Should the well be productive the rig will leave and the site will be restored and landscaped. After that the only activity at the site will be a pick up truck visiting twice a day. 

Patrick Gibson

Vice President

West Bay Exploration Company

231.946.0200

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Supervisor Stathakis,

We are completing the removal of the drilling rig today (Aug. 19), and still anticipate moving a completion rig in tomorrow (Aug. 20) to begin testing the well. The completion rig works only during daylight hours.  We should have definitive results on the well within 30 days.

 

Tim Baker and I would like to discuss Wednesday’s meeting with you at your earliest convenience. (Supervisor's note: Mr. Gibson and Mr. Baker confirmed West Bay Exploration officials will be in attendance at the Aug. 20 town hall)

 

Patrick Gibson

Vice President

West Bay Exploration Company

231.946.0200


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West Bay is still on track to remove the drilling rig from the site on Tuesday (Aug. 19).  We anticipate moving a smaller, truck mounted rig in on Wednesday to begin the completion .  This smaller rig, approximately 2/3 the height of the drilling rig, will only operate during daytime hours.  While the results of the well are inconclusive, we would hope to have better information by the end of the week.  Should the well prove productive, we will temporarily cap the well and begin working on a pipeline, in the existing pipeline corridor, to remove product from the site and transport it to a processing facility some distance away in a commercial/industrial location.  The only thing then left on the drilling location will be a small garden shed sized building and the well head itself which is approximately fifteen feet tall.  This area will be landscaped to fit into the surrounding lots.  There will be a berm, fence and vegetation similar to landscaped yards in the community to keep the well from view.  The only activity on that site will be a pickup truck visiting twice a day to check on the well.  West Bay also maintains remote monitoring so that field personnel have access to well data 24 hours a day. 

 

Patrick Gibson

Vice President

West Bay Exploration Company

231.946.0200


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Some distance to the east along the utility corridor in an industrial/commercial area.

 

Patrick Gibson

Vice President

West Bay Exploration Company

 

From: Rick Stathakis
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 3:44 PM
To: Pat Gibson
Subject: RE: West Bay update

 

If you do find oil, where would the production facility be located?

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There is no change. The rig is stacked and will be moving out Tuesday.  There will be no activity over the weekend (Aug. 16-17).

 

Patrick Gibson

Vice President

West Bay Exploration Company

231.946.0200

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Supervisor Stathakis,

As of this afternoon (Aug. 14) our plan is to begin the process of moving  the drilling rig off of location.  It may be Tuesday (Aug. 19) before the actual derrick is moved.  The well is secured and we will move a smaller completion rig in later next week to complete the well.

  

Patrick Gibson

Vice President

West Bay Exploration Company


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Supervisor Stathakis,

We wanted to provide an update on the status of our well.  The last set of steel casing was installed in the well in order to test for oil.  At this point the results of drilling are still inconclusive.  The drilling rig will now be moved off the location to be replaced by a smaller, truck mounted completion rig.  We will conduct a final test of the well next week to determine whether it may be productive.

  

Patrick Gibson

Vice President

West Bay Exploration Company

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