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West Bay Exploration town hall expanded/moved to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 20

 

West Bay Exploration and its staff geologist, engineers, geophysicist, and executives will participate in a town hall meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 20 at the Palazzo Grande Banquet Center at 54660 Van Dyke Ave. in Shelby Township. 

 

In addition to the staff from West Bay Exploration, there will be presentations from third-party environmental scientists, Township Attorney Rob Huth and Attorney Jim Olson, who has been practicing law since 1972 in the specialized practice of Environmental, Land Use, Municipal, Real Estate, Toxic Tort, Hazardous Waste and Natural Resources Law.

  

The topic of the meeting will be the drilling operation near 25 Mile and Dequindre roads, what was found at the site and what the future holds for the oil/gas operation and the surrounding community. Complimentary refreshments and beverages will be provided.

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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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Macomb County hotline set up for flood damage
Macomb County has set up a hotline number for residents in need of information regarding the flooding that occurred Aug. 11. Residents can reach the hot line from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by calling (586) 493-6767.

The county is also encouraging all residents and businesses who suffered damage from the heavy rain and floods to use an online reporting tool. The Damage Assessment Report Form can be found on the Emergency Management web site at http://oemc.macombgov.org.

A hard copy of the form is also available at all local government offices. For further information you may also e-mail Macomb County Emergency Management at mcoem@macombgov.org.

The purpose of the reporting form is to collect information only for reporting to the state and is not a mechanism for any type of reimbursement or financial assistance.

The county has also established a damage assessment reporting center at the Southwest Health Center located at 27690 Van Dyke Ave. in Warren for those residents who do not have access to a computer or need assistance in completing the form.

The Township contact for Emergency Management is Fire Inspector Edward Vojtush. If you have further questions you can also cotnact him at Fire Station No. 1 at 586-731-3476.
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Shelby Township shares Oil/Gas Resolution with MACRO
At the Aug. 14 MACRO meeting, Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis share the Board of Trustees resolution supporting Senator Jack Brandenburg's effort to tighten and clarify state law to disallow drilling in areas like the Charter Township of Shelby.

Stathakis asked MACRO, which is made up of the Township's Macomb County neighbors in Clinton Township, Warren, Roseville,Eastpointe, Mount Clemens, St. Clair Shores, Utica, Center Line  and Sterling Heights, to contact their representatives in Lansing to help further  support for Brandenburg's efforts at the Capital.

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