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Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield, Michigan. (Image: Dave Parker via Wikipedia)

Church says it would use oil well money for good works

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area church that could get an exploratory oil well on its property says money that comes in from the project would be used for good works.

Minister Andrea Simpson, spokeswoman for Word of Faith International Christian Center, tells the Detroit Free Press that opponents “characterize us as greedy and that is just not true.” She says money could help reach more youth with summer programs, for example.

Officials haven’t said how much money could come in from the Southfield project.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality holds a public meeting Wednesday night to seek comments on Traverse City-based Jordan Development’s permit application. No immediate decision is expected.

The city opposes the drilling and passed a 180-day moratorium last year on oil and gas extractions due to environmental concerns.

In related news, Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport.

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  1. The Michigan DEQ is evaluating this drilling permit application. This is the same department that approved Flint water switch that resulted in lead in many people. Then they covered it up.
    This mega-church is in the middle of a very populated area with residences for miles in every direction.

    The Word of Faith building is within 670’ of the proposed well. Several driveways and parking lots are even closer to the well. This is a MEGA-CHURCH with 5,000 people and many cars visiting this location on Sunday and many during the week.

    A multi-million dollar church building filled with 5,000 people within 670 feet of a potential well blowout is not a reason for concern? Yes, a remote, but still possible catastrophe in the making. Why take the risk of human life and considerable material loss for small private gains?

    The DEQ thinks they are obligated by a law PA 615 that requires them to approve all permits to maximize oil and gas production.

    It is doubtful that the writers of PA 615 intended to risk substantial property and human life for an oil well. Justice Scalia often argued that interpretation should be based on what reasonable persons living at the time of its adoption would have declared the ordinary meaning of the text. A reasonable person would not think PA 615 requires the DEQ to permit everywhere a driller wants no matter the risks.

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