Attend the next Rochester Hills City Council meetings: September 28, 2015 and October 12, 2015
Attend Rochester Hills City Council meetings and participate in decisions that affect your community. You are encouraged to speak during Public Comments which occurs early on the agenda of each meeting. Prior to the start of the Council meeting, fill out a blue public comment card located on the table in the back of the auditorium. Be sure to identify that you want to speak under public comments and submit the form to the recording secretary. You will be allowed up to three minutes to make your comments. The City Council meets on Mondays at 7:00 pm in the City Hall Auditorium. Arrive at 6:45 if you want to speak. View the calendar for specific meeting dates. City Council Calendar
If you cannot attend City Council meeting, you can watch live on Ch 20 Comcast, Ch 99 ATT Uverse, CH 10 WOW or stream on City’s website. http://www.rochesterhills.org/index.aspx?NID=91
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Use your voice to demand change for the things you care about. Whether you send an e-mail to the mayor, call your City Council representative, or vote in an election, you are making a difference! Tell your city and state representatives how you feel about having oil and gas operations in and around our neighborhoods.
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We are accepting donations through Don’t Drill The Hills, Inc. ( a grassroots organization and non-profit corporation). The donations help us provide information and build awareness, to both policy makers and residents, of the financial and environmental risks of horizontal oil and gas drilling in high density residential and K-12 school areas. Donations also fund our pending litigation against the City of Rochester Hills and Jordan Development.
Like a freight train in the night, you can hear it at a distance, getting louder, horns sounding in warning. Just as a train is coming, the gas and oil drilling train of City Council, the Mayor and Oil Companies want to come and take your minerals and affect our subdivisions air quality and quiet enjoyment of our property. This is the time to get in front of this issue — heed the call and let the City Council know you want protection from the actions they have brought to our community. You want strict ordinance regulations on the well feeder pipelines that the oil companies want to run through the subdivisions and to their oil and gas processing and separation plant. There could be up to and over 5,000 oil trucks per year moving about our roadways to transport oil to the Marathon refinery in Detroit – you want weight limits on city roads that these oil trucks want to use. There would also be venting of gasses such as BTEX (toxic) and Radon gasses at the well head and at the processing plant(s). Processing plants typically are located one to two miles from the well heads – the fumes coming off of holding tanks filling and emptying daily will waif over subdivisions and portions of our city. Request that ordinances include sensors monitored by the hour 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. Ordinances also to include stiff daily fines for violations of the EPA PPM limits for VOC’s and other toxic gasses (according to EPA Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants Reviews
40 CFR Parts 60 and 63) to be assessed to the operators of these Oil and Gas processing plants. What can you do? Get involved, inform your neighbors, inform your subdivision homeowners association there is no need to sign leases. Should compulsory pooling come about, the 1/8 proportion of royalties are the same as signing a lease, plus you receive a your portion of the remaining 7/8 production as a business partner – after drilling expenses are recovered — according to the Michigan State University Extension, Being compulsory pooled offers far greater compensation — the Oil companies prefer you to sign their lease so they do not have to share their 7/8 remaining profits with you.
As a resident of the City of Rochester (not the hills) I’m frustrated that I have no say in this matter. My small city is literally surrounded by Rochester Hills. My water comes from the city well/tower, which is not far from all of the drilling/fracking sites.
I want to know what the City of Rochester is doing about this and if the City of Rochester could possibly join the lawsuit against Rochester Hills. I’m completely frustrated and my wife and I feel helpless in this matter.
We just went through something very similar where we used to lived in the village of New Haven in Macomb County, before our move to beautiful Rochester Hills. Our New Haven village president and trustees entered into a host agreement with Rizzo Environmental Services to build a second landfill directly across the street from the huge and only existing active landfill in Macomb County, located between 28 & 29 Mile Roads, East of Gratiot. The new landfill would have encompassed a large area between 27 & 28 Mile Roads. This agreement was done without the knowledge or vote of the people and there was a huge public outcry. The trustees had to back down, rescinding the agreement and Rizzo agreed to not pursue the landfill. Subsequently, THREE trustees of the village of New Haven, plus the village president were removed from office through recall and other members were elected. Things can get FIXED if people will stick together and let their voices be heard!
Besides donating, an action that you should be promoting is the ballot initiative to ban horizontal fracking and acidization of horizontal well bores in MI. The Committee to Ban Fracking has a solution to your problem and you need to get on board. http://www.letsbanfracking.org