a few examples of why we need effective supervision
over the Gas & Oil Industry in the State of Michigan
(pictures taken in NE. Michigan/Montmorency County)
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Underground boring rig with trail of
sludge on left side of frame
'Under the Creek' Boring violation
1st week of June 2002
Site located on Crooked Creek between Avery Lake and Crooked Lake - SW section 25/SE section 26 in Montmorency County, south of Atlanta
After investigating what I thought was another well drilling iperation, I discovered a Boring Rig (shown in top picture) that was operating with no silt fence. Thus, all the sludge coming out of the pipe borer was running right back into the cedar swamp. (Pictures 2 & 3 )
DEQ Field Officer, Ann Stephens was called out to the site and when we returned, the boring rig was gone but several empty bags of bentonite were strewn about the site. (Average Joe citizen would possibly be fined for litering) She researched the operation and found that the company didn't even file for a permit to drill underneath a waterway.
Corrective measures included a "letter of violation". No fines were imposed.
How can we expect the industry to cooperate and operate their business concienciously if there are no penalities imposed to force them to cooperate?
The DEQ continues to issue permits to install new wells when the those
same companies that have been cited for violations haven't even cleaned
up or corrected former violations issued.
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Burst Pipeline gurgling freely for 24 hours
pictures taken 2nd week of August / 2000
Pictures of a line leak on Jack Pine Trail-
The leak was reported at approx. 8:30am and was not shut off until 24 hours later. The 6' wide / 3'6" deep water filled hole was left un-barracaded. I took it upon myself to flag the hole until the next day when the line was repaired and the hole re-filled. (48 hours after initial report)
The day this occurred was in August the year 2000, on the day when the gas/oil industry shuts down for some sort of 'inventory' or something of the sort. One year later while complaining about the sound nuisance problem with Northern Michigan Region DEQ field officer Gene Shoquist, I was informed that not only the gas company was to notify the DEQ of the leak, but also the county officials I had contacted in the Soil Erosion and Road Commission. This is neccessary as so the DEQ can test the soils for contamination.
NOT ONE REPORTED THE INCIDENT AS REQUIRED!
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(Spring / 2002)
Lovely noise-making screw compressor
roaring away in the middle of our
woodlands / The industry is placing these compressors at the individual well-head on state lands instead of relying on compressor facilities that operate a number of wells
--- The Industry already profits emmensely due to PPC costs imposed on mineral owners. Basically, mineral owners are paying the industry to buy their minerals. (how does that sound?)
Royalty checks are held to a minumum, profits of the Industry soar because the mineral owner is supporting production operations therefore cutting overhead operation expenses of the Gas & Oil Industry. Doesn't anyone see anything goofy with this picture?
Yet the State gives them their blessings to go about 'business as usual'
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Electrically operated derrick at the same
pcitures taken 2/12/05
Marianne tolerated her property invasion for 9 years until the noisey compressor came along. (inside white building shown) Her moments of tranquility were robbed from her. No longer was it enjoyable to sit around the fire-pit in the evenings or take a walk around her property. The constant noise is relentless.
The silent derick - shown on far right
Of these three pieces of extracting equipment (shown above) , the only one operational is the compressor OUTSIDE of the so called "sound house"
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