Originally Posted by mtnbikinbryno
Not entirely familiar with it but gas and mineral extraction is one of those things that is exempted from local zoning. If there is a willing landowner there is not much a municipality can do about it.
Personal rant, this now includes gravel pits thanks to a bullshit law that was shoved through last year in record speed (i.e. weeks). There was a township in Leelanau County (Kasson) which fought a gravel pit on the grounds that it wasn't good for the community and won in the Supreme Court, but the new law effectively reversed that decision. Now you could move to a neighborhood that has been there for 50 years, but tomorrow someone could establish a gravel pit behind you and (until future court actions prove otherwise) your city/township could do nothing to protect you. /end rant.
the issue is, that there won't be many willing land owners in most residential areas. and some communities are going to fight tooth and nail the notion that their zoning is null and void... West Bloomfield is one such community that isn't afraid to take on the big gas companies. I imagine orchard lake village, and bloomfield twp will follow suit.