Drilling in backyards equals cash for land owners
Detroit Free Press
A little-known source of revenue for Livonia, the city's longtime Mayor Jack Kirksey said, is three — and soon, possibly four — active oil wells.
"It's a subtle operation," Kirksey said. "They don't see it, they don't smell it, they don't taste it. Even if I told you where they were, I'd have to give you a map so you can find them."
One of the three wells in Livonia, he said, is on the campus of Schoolcraft College.
New technology in the past decade, such as three-dimensional imaging and horizontal drilling, has led to an oil and gas boom in places like North Dakota, and put more wells in urban and suburban areas so some landowners and cities can reap a steady income.
As oil and gas production surges, cities like Youngstown, Ohio, that declined as industry left it are trying to revive.
Oct 12, 2014