Docket No. 83379, (Calendar No. 4).

435 Mich. 809 (1990)

460 N.W.2d 215


Supreme Court of Michigan.

Decided September 11, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert L. Bunting and L. Nicholas Treinen for the plaintiff.

DeMarco & Sage, P.C. (by John A. DeMarco), for defendants Gout and Lakeville Gas Associates.

Frank J. Kelley, Attorney General, Louis J. Caruso, Solicitor General, Thomas J. Emery, James E. Riley, and Roland Hwang, Assistant Attorneys General, for defendant Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Amici Curiae:

Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones (by Michael C. Haines and John M. De Vries) for Michigan Oil and Gas Association.

Bauckham, Reed, Sparks, Rolfe & Thomsen, P.C. (by John H. Bauckham and Carol L.J. Hustoles), for Michigan Townships Association.



Addison Township and Michigan Consolidated Gas Company entered into a contract in 1973 which allowed Michigan Consolidated to construct a natural gas processing plant within the township. The plant was intended to be used exclusively for gas produced from Leonard Field. In 1984, Michigan Consolidated sold its interest in the plant to defendant Gout, doing business as Lakeville Gas Associates.

The township subsequently filed...

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