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Concerns over oil processing plant in Adrian

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ADRIAN, MI (Toledo News Now) -

A forum was held Monday night in Adrian for the public to learn about work that has begun on an oil processing plant on city land.

The forum was held by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, who are concerned the plant, along with another operation in Heritage Park, is polluting and harming the environment.

Both plants are owned by Savoy Energy.  

The company is currently making their second attempt to strike oil at Heritage Park, while also preparing for a processing plant on Witt Farm, adjacent to Heritage Park. There, oil would be piped in and separated from water and natural gas. The survey work has already begun.

"We are a mile away from the proposed site," said Sister Elise Garcia, speaking of the Dominican Sisters' campus. "Sure, we have some concerns, but I think our concerns are really for the larger good of the entire city, and really the whole community of life in Adrian."

The sisters are worried about pollution of the air and water at the sites, but they are not the only ones with concerns.

"Anything that spills on the surface will find its way into the groundwater and be very close to the Beaver Creek, which is a tributary of the River Raisin," said Dr. Tom Wassmer, a professor at Siena Heights University. "So it would be very quickly in the groundwater."

And Dr. Victoria Powell, D.O., said the drilling could cause irritated eyes and respiratory problems for people.

Adrian City Commissioner Tom Faulhaber admitted there are concerns, but said Savoy Energy has assured them the plant will be run in a safe manner that won't endanger anyone's health.

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