W.B. Osborn Oil & Gas

Small town vs. big oil

Ferris Township in tax assessment dispute with Texas oil company

One of Montcalm County’s smallest townships is in a big dispute with a Texas-based oil and gas company.

Ferris Township — which has a population of 1,331 according the 2020 census — is such a small community, its township board only meets quarterly. However, for the past two years, the township board has been waging a considerable battle against W.B. Osborn Oil & Gas, a San Antonio, Texas-based company with multiple property leases in Ferris Township as well as two other Montcalm County townships.