Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hidden Flare on Savoy's Processing Plant still Active Producing Bad Odor

The flare hidden in a barrel on Savoy's processing plant is still active and today produced a very noticeable putrid odor. Such a noticeable odor indicates that the flare is not burning properly and does not fully combust toxic hazardous air pollutant (HAP) and VOC emissions. This reminds me that Savoy most probably still did not comply with the measures required by the EPA when they were found to violate the Clean Air Act in May 2015. I will reach out to the case worker and find out...

In the meantime, please consult my older well researched blogpost:

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Heritage Park Pump Removed and Well Plugged

After a little more than four years, the oil pump in Heritage Park was removed and the well head plugged. Lately, the pump was repeatedly shut down and did not seem to produce enough oil anymore. Unfortunately, lots of drilling fluids and oil filled pipelines remain buried under ground. Was it really worth it?

 Here are some pictures from 2013 when the well was drilled and the toxic drilling fluids were simply buried in a sandwich of tarps:

February 11, 2013

April 25, 2013

May 2, 2013

Then a pipeline had to be build to the processing plant on M52 (Witt Farm):

May 1, 2013

And then even more pipelines were buried from Heritage Park to two wells off Valley Road around the playground and baseball fields...

Was it really worth it? Short term profits for companies such as Savoy without longterm consideration of costs for the community.

Search this blog for more posts on the history of oil extraction in and around Adrian such as:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ROVER Pipeline Construction Underway

A 100 yard wide right of way is carved through farmland and then the assembly of the 30 inch gas pipes begins. These pictures are from last week Tuesday and were taken around Morenci close to the Ohio border.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ecological research uses eBird data to show that migratory birds are falling out of sync with the timing of spring | eBird

Ecological research uses eBird data to show that migratory birds are falling out of sync with the timing of spring | eBird

Ann Arbor pushes for community to adopt more solar energy | wgvu

Ann Arbor pushes for community to adopt more solar energy | wgvu

Thinking about what was said last Monday 6/5/2017 at the Adrian City Commission about the Oil Trust money. Following the above example would be a good way to use the royalties to pay back some of the damage done to the environment by leasing City land to Savoy for drilling and processing of crude oil and gas - and the associated pipelines that go under Beaver Creek and through Heritage Park - and miles and miles further under City and Township land - and the notorious flare on Witt Farm that is probably still spewing - 3 years after the EPA ruled that Sovoy violates the Clean Air Act! So - instead of "beautifying" our precious natural asset, The River Raisin, or fixing Bohn Pool - helping to move the city to 100% clean renewable energy would be the only use of this DIRTY money that I would find appropriate!

Enbridge document shows years of noncompliance for pipeline supports | Featured-pnr |

Enbridge document shows years of noncompliance for pipeline supports | Featured-pnr |

You may also want to consult previous blog posts on this topic:

Monday, June 5, 2017

Re: Executive Office of the Governor of Michigan

To whom it may concern,

I appreciate the actions taken by Governor Snyder to reduce our state's climate impact but what I was petitioning for goes way beyond this. I asked Governor Snyder to be brave enough to follow the example of 61 US municipalities and 3 states and vow to uphold the Paris climate accord:

I hope that you are considering adding Michigan to this list!

Sincerely, Tom Wassmer

From: Snyder, Rick (GOV) <>
Sent: Monday, June 5, 2017 1:49 PM
To: Snyder, Rick (GOV)
Subject: Executive Office of the Governor

Thank you for your recent correspondence sent to Governor Snyder's office regarding President Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. As a member of Governor Snyder's staff, I am writing this response on his behalf.

Governor Snyder believes that there are things we can do today that benefit us right now and pay dividends tomorrow, no matter what the future holds. In 2012, Governor Snyder outlined plans for Michigan's energy future in his special message<>, which detailed the need for energy supplies to be reliable, affordable, and environmentally sound. The Governor understood that Michigan needed to determine how we move forward, transitioning from the sources of yesterday to newer, cleaner methods.

In April of 2015, the governor announced a plan designed to increase residential recycling access statewide. He also announced appointments to a nine-member Michigan Recycling Council to guide the plan's implementation. To learn more about residential recycling opportunities in Michigan or see Michigan's plan, go to<,4561,7-135-70153_70155_3585_4130-313206--,00.html>.

Governor Snyder signed landmark legislation on December 31, 2016 reforming Michigan's statewide energy policy. This legislation will make it easier for our state to meet its energy needs while protecting our environment and saving Michiganders millions on their energy bills. Senate Bills 437-438, sponsored by state Sens. Mike Nofs and John Proos, respectively, update Michigan's current laws regarding its energy market, as well as renewable energy and energy waste reduction. The bills also update laws related to utility rate cases and how sufficient energy supplies can be assured while protecting electric choice. Other highlights from the bills include:

* Reducing energy waste by providing incentives for utilities to enhance current programs and meet more of our needs from our cheapest, cleanest resource.
* Ensuring a reliable energy supply by requiring all electric providers to have adequate resources to avoid blackouts/brownouts, using a market-driven approach.
* Allowing regulated utilities to use on-bill financing programs for utility customers, allowing them to finance energy waste reduction projects (like new insulation) through an itemized charge on their utility bills.
* Giving Michigan a cleaner and smarter energy future by requiring utilities to develop a long-term planning process that includes comparing projects to alternatives -- ensuring all Michiganders have reliable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly energy.

Click here<> to watch Governor Snyder talk more about what this legislation means for all Michiganders.

The governor does not have authority over the Paris Climate Accord but is monitoring the situation as it develops. You may consider contacting the White House, your congressional representative or either of the senators representing our state in Washington, D.C. to share your concerns. These contacts may be found below:

Contact the White House:

Contact your U.S. Senator:

Contact your U.S. Representative:

Again, thank you for your correspondence and your interest in this topic. Should you have further questions or comments regarding this or any other state-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact Governor Snyders office again.


Laura Stoken

Constituent Relations

Executive Office of the Governor