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SCIO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An energy company says it has shut down an exploratory oil well in Washtenaw County after it turned up dry.

West Bay Exploration vice president Pat Gibson tells The Ann Arbor News (http://bit.ly/1r7KUD2 ) on Thursday the 5,000-foot well in Scio Township will be plugged and won't be used for oil or gas production. The Traverse City-based company began drilling in mid-August.

Gibson says the site "will look the way it did before we showed up in about two to three weeks." He says the company has no immediate plans to drill more wells in Scio Township. And he says drilling there would be "unlikely in the foreseeable future."

Drilling has been met with local opposition. Scio Township, Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County commissioners passed measures against drilling in the area.

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Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor

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