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Oil company seeks permit for drilling at Detroit-area church

An oil and gas exploration company is seeking permit to drill an exploratory well on the grounds of a suburban Detroit church.

The Oakland Press of Pontiac reports Jordan Development of Traverse City has applied for a permit with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to put in an oil well at the Word of Faith International Christian Center in Southfield.

The company and the church have entered into an oil and gas lease agreement and filed papers with the Oakland County Clerk's Office.

Company vice president Ben Brower didn't disclose how much Jordan Development paid the church, but says that money the church will get if exploration is successful will help the community.

Southfield recently passed a 180-day moratorium on oil and gas extractions in the city.

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