Information regarding the planned oil well on the Word of Faith church property.

Jordan Development, an oil company, applied with the Michigan DEQ for a permit to drill for oil and gas at a church, Word of Faith, in a high density residential area of Southfield, Oakland County, Michigan.  The City of Southfield currently has a moratorium on oil and gas extraction and mining operations in the city.  State Representative Jeremy Moss requested that the MDEQ hold public hearing.  The hearing took place on February 17, 2016 with over 1,000 residents attending.  On March 8, 2016 the MDEQ approved the permit allowing the drilling to take place.  The city administration said it will request a temporary restraining order through Oakland County Circuit Court to stop the drilling if necessary.

Background Information

The planned oil well will be located on the private property of Word of Faith church in Southfield.  The church is located in an area zoned residential and surrounded by high density residential neighborhoods.  The church contends that the oil well will benefit the community.  The residents of Southfield have held numerous protests at the church and attended town halls and community meetings voicing their opposition.

Images below are from the permit application


The method that will be used to extract oil and gas from this well is “Acidizing”.


The methane and chemicals not captured in tanks will be “flared” into the air subjecting nearby residents to the toxins.


Acidizing is a process in which a combination of hydrochloric acid and other acids are mixed with brine and other chemicals and injected underground to either clean out a well or to dissolve oil bearing rock to enhance production of oil and gas. Once the acid, chemical, and water mixture has been pumped into the well or formation, oil flows
to the well more freely.

According to this report, the acidizing process releases more toxins into the air than the similar process commonly referred to as ‘fracking’…
“When it comes to the these air toxic chemicals, the report found that the majority were reportedly used during the acidizing process — a process in which hydrochloric acid and other acids are mixed with brine and other chemicals to clean out a well or dissolve rock so that oil can be extracted.”

Interactive Map

Click on colored areas for more information.
BLUE=High-density residential, YELLOW=Leased for oil & gas surface operations.


Southfield Opposition Group Facebook page


Don’t Drill The Hills articles:

Tell Michigan DEQ – Don’t Poison Our Air and Water


Press and other website coverage

Here are questions we suggested for the MDEQ hearing: List of questions for the MDEQ

Link to MDEQ web site: Oil and Gas Well Applications and Permits


MDEQ permit issued 3-8-16: DEQ_Permit_Word_of_Faith-3-8-16

Application to the MDEQ:  Word-of-Faith-16-27-Application-2-ocr

Southfield Oil Drilling Moratorium: City-of-Southfield-Oil-drilling-moratorium

City of Southfield letter to MDEQ: ResolutionAgainstDrillingandPermit-2

Southfield citizens group flyer: Stop-the-Drilling-in-Southfield-final-PDF-2

 Rep. Moss at MDEQ Oil Drilling Public Hearing – February 17, 2016

 Southfield Oil Well Permit MDEQ Public Hearing – February 17, 2016

 Southfield Oil Drilling Town Hall – January 27, 2016

WXYZ-TV covers the Southfield Town Hall

Southfield Multimedia Services hosts a Roundtable with citizen activists