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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.   

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Michigan Oil and Gas Association Welcomes Jason Geer as New President & CEO

The Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) is pleased to announce the selection of Jason Geer as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Geer joins MOGA having served nearly 10 years as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Director of Energy & Environmental Policy.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jason as President and CEO of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association,” said Brian Dorr, MOGA board chair. “We have worked extensively with Jason over many years. He is a professional and highly regarded advocate on energy issues who has been a great ally to Michigan’s home state producers. Jason’s strong background in energy and environmental policy, combined with his experience as part of Michigan’s leading business association, ensures MOGA and its independent oil and natural gas producer members will continue to be in good hands.”

Previously, Geer served as director of government affairs for the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce before joining the Michigan Chamber where he led advocacy and policy development efforts. Geer began his career in the office of former Michigan Congressman Dave Camp. He has both policy and political experience as part of his now 18-year career.

“I’m excited to join MOGA where I look forward to building on the economic success story of Michigan’s home-state producers – people who care deeply about their employees, communities, our environment and contributing to Michigan’s energy needs,” said Geer. “I admire the entrepreneurial spirit of MOGA members, many of whom are family businesses that span several generations. I can think of no better group of people with whom to work and no better association to have the opportunity to lead.”

Geer holds a B.A. in Political Science from Saginaw Valley State University. He succeeds Erin McDonough, who led MOGA since 2014.

Gov. Whitmer Rescinds Safer at Home Order, Retailers, Restaurants Permitted to Open Soon with Capacity Limits

On Monday, June 1st, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding the Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan

The governor’s order will allow retailers to reopen on June 4 and restaurants to reopen on June 8, both subject to capacity limits. Day camps for children will likewise be permitted to open on June 8. Effective immediately, groups of 100 or less will be allowed gather outdoors with social distancing. Office work that is not capable of being performed remotely can resume. And in-home services, including housecleaning services, can resume operations. 

Governor Whitmer Details Six Phases of the MI Safe Start Plan

***Phase 4 is where we currently sit.***  4) Improving:This phase occurs when the number of new cases and deaths has fallen for a period of time, but overall case levels are still high.

Board of State Canvassers Wants a Full Count of the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan’s Petition Signatures

On May 25, the Board of State Canvassers voted unanimously to direct the Bureau of Elections to do a full review of the signatures. By CBFM’s own account, only 29,392 signatures collected by the CBFM fall within the 180-day window of the effective Nov. 5, 2018 filing date. This would be 223,131 signatures short of the minimum needed for this petition, which is being treated like it was filed in November 2018, back when the minimum number of signatures needed to be considered on the ballot was 252,523. The rest of the signatures collected outside of the 180-day window for petitioning would be considered stale and would not count towards the 252,523 signatures needed.

MOGA will keep you updated as this story continues to develop.

Governor Whitmer Extends Executive Orders Enabling Remote Transactions, Easing Fuel Tax Requirements for Transporting Essential Personnel and Supplies

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signs Executive Orders 2020-73 and 2020-74, which extend two Executive Orders signed last month to help protect the health and safety of all Michiganders during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.  

The orders: 

  • Continue to temporarily allow e-signatures on official documents and remote notarizations to avoid unnecessary in-person contact. 
  • Continue to temporarily suspend licensing, decal and trip permit requirements used by the Department of Treasury to collect taxes owed by motor carriers.  

The new orders take immediate effect. Executive Order 2020-73 (motor carriers) continues through June 2, while Executive Order 2020-74 continues through June 30.  

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Governor Whitmer Creates the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Directive 2020-5, creating the Michigan COVID-19 Office of Accountability within the State Budget Office. The Accountability Office will provide oversight of all spending to address this crisis, and must report regularly on its work to the governor and the state budget director. 

Click Here to View Executive Directive 2020-5.

Energy Sector Critical Infrastructure/Ensuring Safe & Continued Operations

MOGA has worked hard hard to ensure that workers in our sector can continue safe operations and are exempted from any travel restrictions that may be instituted. The National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a guidance document on the essential critical infrastructure workforce in the energy sector.  Governor Whitmer has incorporated the guidelines in her Stay Home. Stay Safe Executive Order. 

Strategic Petroleum Reserve to be Filled to its Maximum Capacity

Department of Energy Executes On Direction Of President Trump, Announces Solicitation To Purchase Crude Oil For The SPR To Provide Relief To American Energy Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the direction of the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, the Department of Energy (DOE) will fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to its maximum capacity by purchasing 77 million barrels of American-made crude oil. Today, DOE announced a solicitation for the purchase of an initial 30 million barrels to begin filling the SPR. Solicitations for additional purchases will follow.

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U.S. Energy Dominance Highlighted in President Trump's State of the Union Address


"Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, the United States has become the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far" - President Donald J. Trump

The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when US natural gas production surpassed that of Russia and under the Trump administration, the US became the top producer of crude oil in the summer of 2018 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). 

This was just one of the many positives that were highlighted in President Trump's State of the Union Address, the full video of which can be found here. 

EIA expects U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions to decrease annually through 2021

In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), released on January 14, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts year-over-year decreases in energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through 2021. After decreasing by 2.1% in 2019, energy-related CO2 emissions will decrease by 2.0% in 2020 and again by 1.5% in 2021 for a third consecutive year of declines.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals became just the latest court to reject Attorney General Dana Nessel's attempt to stop construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel.

On Thursday, January 17th, 2020 the Michigan Court of Appeals became just the latest court to reject Attorney General Dana Nessel's attempt to stop construction of the Great Lakes Tunnel.

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Enbridge has completed the Great Lakes Tunnel geotechnical work on schedule

This week, Enbridge announced the recent completion of sediment and rock sampling at the Straits of Mackinac, a key engineering component needed for the final design of the tunnel. The sampling program was a major part of Enbridge's $40 million investment in the project in 2019.

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The Importance of Protecting US Energy Independence

Technical advances like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing combined with the stringent regulations in place to protect our fresh water resources have helped establish the U.S. as a global energy leader.

Check out a new video that API released this week. The video highlights America’s decades-long transition away from its dependence on foreign sources of energy and is intended to provide balance to the candidates’ discussions regarding restrictive energy policies that would erase this progress.

Join the "Great Lakes. Michigan Jobs" Coalition

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.



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.

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Oil and Gas: The Lifeblood of Michigan's Economy

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Q&A: What happens if the state shuts down Line 5  

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."

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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)

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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".

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