Confidential well strikes nerve in Emmet County
Concern in Bliss Township is growing over a mineral testing well and its secrecy.
The mystery started for some Northern Emmet County residents when they drove near the testing well and saw unmarked red tanker trucks pull into the site.
When the residents went up to the well to ask a few questions, they were escorted off the property.
According to the Department of Environmental Quality, information on the testing-well will remain confidential.
The DEQ also said the drilling is legal under the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act Part 625 of Act 451 of 1994.
The silence is raising tension and questions with Emmet County residents like Beth Compton.
â??Pure Michigan; this is what we are all about, especially in our beautiful area up north,â?? said Compton. â??If we contaminate our waters, we can't get that back.â??
Residents met Wednesday night to brainstorm and discuss options regarding stopping the drilling, and to learn more about what's happening in Bliss Township.
"I have concerns about my water, not just mine: my neighbors and the Great Lakes in general," said Kirk Rogers who lives near the drilling site.
"What right does he have to sell my water rights?" asked Susan Barber who lives across the street from the drilling site. "That's what I'm worried about. Michigan is such a water state, you think they would be extra picky. Where are our government officials? They're not at our meetings."
Residents plan to meet with the DEQ, get their water tested, and contact local and state representatives about what can be done.
The DEQ has confirmed that the site is not a hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, site.