In addition to the updates below, more information from the Shelby Township group, Citizens Against Residential Drilling (CARD), can be found at their web site: and Facebook page.

Scroll to bottom of page to see interactive map.

May 14 Update:

CARD has scheduled another against residential oil drilling. TONIGHT, Thursday, at 7 PM. Channel 4 – WDIV Detroit news will be there. Bring your families and speak up for what you believe in.

Location – Dequirdre Rd at Nickelby Dr – Google Maps Link:
Check Facebook page for any last minute updates including location.
CARD Facebook page:

May 13 Update:

The Shelby Township group, Citizens Against Residential Drilling (CARD), organized a protest of about 100 residents from Shelby Twp, Rochester, and Rochester Hills attended.  They picketed in front of the access road leading to the oil well which was guarded by 3 police cars.   It was a peaceful, but vocal protest.  Channel 7 – WXYZ news camera and reporter captured the event and interviewed residents.


Facebook post: VIDEO: WXYZ Channel 7 REPORTS ON PROTEST

May 11 Update:

West Bay Exploration begins construction of the “completion well” at the site located in the residential area.

May 9, 2015 Update:

“The Shelby Township Board of Trustees has long maintained that the proper way for West Bay Exploration Co. to communicate and coordinate with our residents is through a public hearing with our Board of Trustees at one of its regularly scheduled, televised meetings,” Stathakis said.

Source Newpapers 5/9/15: West Bay to resume testing operations at residential well in Shelby Township

“Testing the well is required to determine whether the well will continue to exist or whether it will be plugged and the landscape restored,” said Patrick Gibson, vice president of the West Bay Exploration Company.

Macomb Daily 5/8/15: West Bay set to resume drilling in Shelby Township

May 6, 2015 Facebook Post:


May 5, 2015 Update:

News post on Shelby Township website  show correspondence between township officials and West Bay Exploration.

West Bay Exploration Company “intends to conduct well completion beginning in early May”

Click here to view May 1 letter from West Bay Exploration’s attorney

Click here to view latest correspondence between Shelby Township, West Bay Exploration

May 2, 2015 Update:

Some Shelby Twp residents have been informed by letter that West Bay Exploration will return next week to complete the well they started last year in the Briarwood Preserve Subdivision at Dequindre and 25 Mile Rds
According to the Shelby citizen group CARD’s statement, although Shelby Township has put moratorium and ordinances in place, the oil company has chosen to ignore them and continue the oil exploration process, and without a requested prior public hearing.
The company indicated it plans to explore for oil down the Tienken Road corridor. Given their areas of expressed interest and leasing activity, Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Auburn Hills will have oil and gas exploration activity like Shelby Twp… unless we put a stop to this. We do not want oil and gas exploration in high density residential or school areas.

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Excerpts from Shelby citizen group CARD’s statement:

“Citizens Against Residential Drilling (CARD) has been informed by letter that West Bay Exploration will return as early as late next week to complete the “well completion” phase on the Nino Homes Well 1-6. This phase, according to officials, will involve an approximately 107 foot “completion” rig and utilize water and “acidizing” chemicals to “ stimulate” the target rock layer. (some would say fracking- like activities).

CARD is terribly disappointed that West Bay has chosen to proceed despite the strong opposition from our citizens, state and locally elected officials regarding this well , placed on a residentially zoned property, and so close to our residential homes. Although Shelby Township has moratoriums and ordinances in place , West Bay has chosen to ignore them and continue the process without following the requests for proper channels of procedures – a town hall public hearing prior to continuing their oil exploration activities .

If the Nino Homes Well 1-6 is deemed viable , we are facing pipelines, heavy trucking, nuisance odors and a nearby production facility. Our community and neighborhoods will be forever changed as we know it today. Furthermore, this well will set precedent and be the first in the state to have enhanced oil recovery (directionally drilled using chemicals), drilled in a densely populated area ( township/city of 70,000 population) in an area zoned residential”…

…”Although some insignificant changes have been made, oil exploration, extraction, and production in densely populated , residential zoned areas are still legally permissible activities in our state.”

May 2, 2015 Facebook Post:

BREAKING NEWS: OIL WELL IS COMING to a subdivision in Shelby Township. Rochester Hills, Rochester, and Auburn Hills also targeted.

Oil Well Details as of 5-2-2015:

Name: Nino Homes Well 1-6
Current phase: “well completion” phase
Rig size: approximately 107 foot “completion” rig
Drilling method: Acid Matrix Stimulation – utilizes water and “acidizing” chemicals to “ stimulate” the target rock layer.

In the interactive map below we identify the location of the oil well located in Shelby Township and depict the possible evacuation zone with a 1.5 mile radius from the site.  The evacuation zone stretches from Shelby Township west into Rochester and Rochester Hills, and north into Stony Creek Metropark.


Click here for an archive of Shelby Twp updates from 2014


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