Rochester Hills seeks oil, gas advice from Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Rochester Hills Planning Commission has called a special meeting next month to hear from members of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, as city leaders continue to craft an ordinance to regulate oil and gas exploration in the city.

The city of more than 70,000 residents is currently under a moratorium on the activity and the ordinance is expected to be in place early next year.

Representatives from the MDEQ, which regulates oil and gas drilling in the state, will be on hand to take questions and provide information for city leaders and residents.

The commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the city’s municipal offices at 1000 Rochester Hills Drive.

Residents who are unable to attend the meeting are asked to submit questions in advance by emailing or calling (248) 656-4660.

Recently, legislation which would have given cities and townships more control over regulation failed in the state Senate.

This article originally appeared in The Oakland Press and was written by staff writer Paul Kampe. It was reposted in its entirety.

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