Reader disturbed by seismic testing in Granger
To the editor:
I just finished reading the Granger Township Board of Trustees report in the West Side Leader [“Granger trustees consider hydrant maintenance agreement,” Aug. 9, 2012] about the several miles of wire for seismic testing on state Route 94, and it was very disturbing. The article states the company performing the testing would not divulge any information. Telephone calls to their client where not returned. It also said the trustees were told they may be able to obtain information from the state. The trustee, Richard Pace, stated, “Apparently this has something to do with oil and gas exploration.”
My question is: Why were they allowed to set up their operation in the township without the consent of the Granger Board of Trustees? Why did the trustees accept this explanation, and why are they allowed to continue if their client is not willing to return the township’s telephone calls? I wonder if the trustees in Bath or Hinckley townships would let them operate without approval? The residents of Granger Township need a permit for minor projects like putting up a shed, but they give a company from Plano, Texas, free rein.
If this does have something to do with oil and gas exploration, it could have a huge impact on the community. The trustees should be the first to know so they can keep the residents informed so we can protect our interests. The article did not mention any followup or plan of action from the trustees, so the residents may never know.
Our township is growing, and it is time for the trustees to be more aggressive concerning important issues in the township like fracking and zoning instead of air conditioners, chicken barbecues and flashing lights for the truck.
Thomas Bandwen, Granger Township
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