The Great Lakes State is home to many small, family owned companies that produce oil and gas, employing 47,000 Michigan residents. We are passionate about meeting our state's energy needs while giving back to local communities and conserving the amazing natural resources that make our state so special.
Read more about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the industry's economic contribution to the state. Or Click Here to see process of hydraulic fracturing, a safe, proven, and essential technique that is essential to accessing oil and gas reserves in deep, tight formations.
MOGA has joined the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Laborers Union, Michigan Petroleum Association, Michigan Chemistry Council, Michigan Propane Association, and Lake Superior Community Partnership in a coalition in support of the Straits Tunnel Project.
Together, the group has launched a new website to share the benefits of protecting Michigan’s critical energy infrastructure and developed social media toolkit.
To check it out and learn more, or join in support, visit https://www.greatlakesmichiganjobs.com/
Michigan's oil and gas industry drives Michigan's economy. The Economic Contribution Study conducted by Public Sector Consultants illustrates that fact with abundant clarity.
MICHIGAN NATURAL RESOURCES TRUST FUND
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) is one of the most important ways the Michigan oil and gas industry helps improve and protect Michigan’s natural resources.
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) was established under the Kammer Recreational Land Trust Fund Act of 1976 to provide a permanent funding source for the public acquisition of land for resource protection and public outdoor recreation. Funding is provided by revenue derived from royalties on the sale and lease of state-owned oil, gas and mineral rights. This landmark piece of legislation came to fruition thanks to the collaborative efforts of Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA), Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and state legislators on behalf of all Michigan citizens.
MNRTF has contributed immeasurably to protecting our state’s natural beauty and helped paved the way for wise and prudent development of our state’s abundant energy resources. Since the creation of the MNRTF in 1976, the oil and gas industry has contributed over $1 billion to Michigan’s state & local parks, waterways, trails and nature preserves throughout all 83 counties.
Oil and Gas: The Lifeblood of Michigan's Economy
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The Statewide Energy Assessment has been submitted to Gov. Whitmer and the final report is now available online. Click here to see the Michigan Statewide Energy Assessment Final Report.
In January of 2019, the polar vortex and fire at the Ray Compressor Station prompted the Governor to request the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to undertake a statewide review of the supply, engineering, and deliverability of natural gas, electricity, and propane systems, as well as contingency planning related to those systems.
According to the press release, "The final report, which took into account public input from a variety of stakeholders, found that Michigan’s energy systems are adequate to meet customer needs. But there are significant ways that regulated utility companies, the MPSC, policymakers and others can work to strengthen and improve them. The final 220-page report makes 37 recommendations for the MPSC to improve the state’s energy systems, along with 15 observations outside of the MPSC’s regulatory jurisdiction".Read more
Enbridge remains committed to the tunnel as talks with the Governor fall short of reaching an agreed timeline
Barring any permitting delays, Enbridge maintains it could complete a tunnel to house Line 5 by 2024. After which, they would decommission the existing line. Gov. Whitmer, however, has held firm to seeing the pipeline out of the water in two years. The decommissioning of Line 5 without a replacement would severally impact Michigan’s homes and businesses. The energy – gasoline, diesel, home heating propane, and the thousands of petroleum products derived from these resources, need to safely and efficiently reach communities across the state.
Enbridge has said it will continue moving forward with its plan to build an underground Straits tunnel by 2024. The company has secured the permits for rock and soil sampling work, but any delays in additional permitting could push the proposed completion date beyond 2024. Stay updated as the story continues to develop by visiting michiganoilandgas.org/news.
An editorial from Chad Livengood featured in Crain's Detroit Business News takes a closer look at the negative impacts a permanent shutdown of Line 5 could have on not only Michigan, but Canada and surrounding states as well.
"A permanent shutdown of Enbridge Energy Co.'s Line 5 oil pipeline could have a major downstream impact on trade with Canada, energy supplies for multiple states and the price of jet fuel for airplanes at Detroit Metro Airport and residential propane in the Lower Peninsula."
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is offering grants supporting land-based industries and infrastructure that benefit rural communities.
In a press release on Tuesday, September 3rd, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that it will be offering grants to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits Michigan's rural communities. Land-based industries includes food and agriculture; forestry; mining; oil and gas production; and tourism. The Rural Development Fund grants are available for projects addressing expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to land-based industries; and energy, transportation, housing, communications, water and wastewater infrastructure to benefit rural communities and micropolitan statistical areas (defined by the U.S. Department of Management and Budget as an area/county with at least one urban cluster of at least 10,000 but fewer than 50,000 population). There is approximately $1,400,000 in funds available for this year and grant proposals must be received by Tuesday, October 29, 2019.
Cheboygan County follows Grand Traverse Co. and others in passing resolutions in support of Line 5 Tunnel
On Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Cheboygan County Commissioners voted to approve a resolution in support of the construction of a new tunnel to house a replacement pipeline for Line 5 through the Straits. In addition to the tunnel, the resolution calls for there to be no interruption in service while the tunnel work is completed. Cheboygan follows Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Iron, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Grand Traverse counties in passing nearly identical resolutions in support of the tunnel project.
Although the counties do not have jurisdiction over the tunnel project, the resolutions indicate that these local leaders understand the importance of the tunnel to their residents. Whether it’s the taxes into the local economy, the good paying jobs the project will provide, or the much needed energy supply, the tunnel solution provides certainty that a vital, safe and well-maintained piece of transportation infrastructure will continue to support Michigan communities, while safeguarding our state’s waters. Michigan businesses and residents depend on the certainty the tunnel will provide, with the safe, continued operation of the pipeline.
The future looks bright as Petroleum and Natural Gas are predicted to remain the top energy sources for world energy consumption through 2040 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
The graph above depicts the increasing consumption of natural gas as well as petroleum and other liquids, as they remain the top energy sources for world energy consumption through 2040 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)
Michigan's Oil and Natural Gas Industry Fuels Michigan Wildlife Recovery
We often think about the great trails and parks the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the State Parks Endowment Fund have helped to create and maintain, but what about the connection between Michigan's local oil and gas production and our state's abundant wildlife?
In an opinion column published yesterday in The Detroit News, Leon Drolet, Macomb County Commissioner and Chair of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance details how oil and natural gas have helped fuel wildlife recovery across the Great Lakes Region.
"Environmental awareness, conservation practices, and regulation have substantially improved our environment. But the role of oil and gas is rarely understood or appreciated. It is a sad irony that anti-fracking and anti-oil pipeline activists are working to ban the very industries that made the resurgence of our forests and improved air quality possible".