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Drilling plans near Ann Arbor met with opposition

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - A standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 people turned out for a meeting about plans to drill for oil or natural gas in an area west of Ann Arbor.

The Ann Arbor News reports the crowd Thursday was overwhelmingly against any drilling in Washtenaw County's Scio Township.

Traverse City-based West Bay Exploration Co. performed seismic testing in September and has been moving forward with its drilling plans. Some residents are being asked to give up mineral rights and there's concern wells might come despite opposition.

The newspaper says West Bay now controls mineral rights to about 1,000 acres in Scio Township. Company Vice President Pat Gibson, who attended the meeting, says West Bay is interested in getting more leases to allow drilling "sooner rather than later."

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