Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry: Economic Contribution

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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Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Approves Tunnel Agreement

Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority’s first Meeting was held on Wednesday Dec. 19 in St. Ignace.

The Little Bear Arena in St. Ignace was packed to the brim on Wednesday, as the first meeting of the MSCA drew a crowd of over 200 people. The Michigan Oil and Gas Association was well represented, with just shy of a dozen members in attendance.

Following presentations on the proposed tunnel agreement, the newly appointed Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority Board members heard public comment for nearly three hours on the agreement and the pipeline. Over 50 audience members had the opportunity to speak, including several MOGA Members. Among those making comments or in attendance to show their support of
the agreement and pipeline were: Cliff Roberts, Thad Shumway, Ken Prior, Erin McDonough, Mike Cornelius, Luke Miller, and Michael Kler, Tim Rudolph, Bob Parsons, and James Burmeister.

Just before the conclusion of the meeting, the MSCA Board approved the tunnel agreement with Enbridge to build the multi-use utility tunnel beneath the Straits and approved the transfer of a property right that will allow Enbridge to construct the tunnel in bedrock beneath the Straits.

The fixed schedule for pre-construction work, definitive timelines, and financial penalties for missed deadlines established by the agreement, will make certain that the tunnel project moves forward expeditiously, while the independent oversight will ensure it is done correctly. The approval of the agreement ensures the safe and continued operation of the existing pipeline while design and construction of the utility corridor is underway.

“Today’s actions will result in the removal of the oil pipeline from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac, maintain critical infrastructure connections between our peninsulas, provide energy security for residents of the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan and create good-paying jobs," Governor Snyder said. 

*The MSCA was created when Senate Bill 1197 was signed into Law as PA 359 of 2018. Click Here to Read More


For Immediate Release

Contact:  Erin McDonough, President, 517.487.1092

Statement by the Michigan Oil and Gas Association on today's announcement by the State of Michigan and Enbridge on a second Line 5 agreement 

LANSING, Mich., Oct. 3, 2018 –  “Today, we want to thank the Snyder Administration, state agencies and Enbridge for reaching an agreement that demonstrates we can protect the environment while protecting Michigan jobs. 

Pipelines are proven as the safest, most reliable way to transport oil and other fuels.  This agreement provides a clear path forward to further protect the Great Lakes, while protecting families and the real jobs that depend on Line 5 for moving energy to where it’s needed.

The many small, family owned companies that produce oil in northern Michigan, employing 47,000 Michigan citizens, rely on Line 5 to safely transport our product to market.  The agreement gives certainty that a vital, safe and well-maintained transportation infrastructure will continue to support our business needs.”

The Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) represents the exploration, drilling, production, transportation, processing and storage of crude oil and natural gas in the State of Michigan.  MOGA has over 650 members including independent oil companies, the exploration arm of various utility companies, diverse service companies and individuals.

Organized in 1934, MOGA monitors the pulse of the Michigan oil and gas industry as well as its political, regulatory and legislative interest in the state and the nation’s capital.  MOGA is the collective voice of the petroleum industry in Michigan, speaking to the problems and issues facing the various companies involved in the state’s crude oil and natural gas business.

Gov. Snyder makes initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission

Gov. Rick SNYDER has announced the initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission that was approved by lawmakers in May and signed by the Governor in June of 2018.

Established by Public Act 268 of 2018, the Environmental Permit Review Commission was created within the DEQ to advise the director on disputes related to permits and permit applications.

"This board will work to protect Michigan's environment by having field experts on the committee carefully review all permits to ensure projects are in the best interest of preserving Michigan's resources and environment," Snyder said. “When state leaders make decisions impacting environmental quality, Michiganders deserve full transparency”.

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Michigan’s August Primary Determines November Ballot. Schuette and Whitmer Secure Place on Ballot.

The results are in for Michigan's Primary Elections. More than 2 million votes were cast yesterday, ensuring this primary broke the state record for voter turnout in an August Primary.

Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won their respective primaries and will face off for Governor during the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

In the U.S. Senate Race, candidate John James defeated Sandy Pensler, 54.7% to 45.3% in the Republican Primary. John James will square off against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow in November.  

Click Here for More Detail on Governor, U.S. House, and U.S Senate Primary Results 

In the State Senate some interesting highlights include Representative Curt Vanderwall of Ludington winning a hotly contested 3-way Republican Primary for Michigan’s 35th State Senate District.  Former State Representative Aric Nesbitt of Lawton, the former House Energy Committee Chair, won the Republican Primary for Michigan’s 26th State Senate District and former State Representative Rick Outman of Six Lakes won the Republican Primary for Michigan’s 33rd State Senate District.  All three of these candidates are in important oil patch areas and have been strong supporters of our industry.

On the State House side incumbent Republican Michele Hoitenga of Manton won her primary for Michigan’s 102nd State House District.  Hoitenga is a MOGA friend and member, with her family business being in the oil and gas industry.  Candidates we will be getting to know include Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann, the Republican candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 101st State House District that Rep. Curt Vanderwall currently represents and Matt Hall of Marshall, the Republican candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 63rd State House District who defeated incumbent Rep. David Maturen. John Cherry Jr. of Flint, son of former Lt. Governor John Cherry, will be the Democratic candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 49th State House District.  

MOGA is monitoring races and supporters on both sides of the aisle.  One of the key factors in determining success this November will be voter turnout.  It is essential we get to know the candidates and help them recognize the importance of Michigan’s oil and gas industry in their community. Candidates will be holding events throughout their districts leading up to the November elections. Stay tuned for more information on candidate events in your community from MOGA and please do not hesitate to reach out if you’d like help connecting with candidates on the issues that matter to you.

Michigan’s Oil and Gas Industry’s Economic Contribution Study is a great piece to share with candidates on both sides of the aisle.      

Michigan State House and State Senate Primary results for all 38 State Senate and 110 State House Districts are detailed online, Click Here for Michigan's State House and Senate Primary Results


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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On June 29, Enbridge delivered its final 3 reports to the State of Michigan in accordance with its November 2017 agreement. These assessments evaluate technologies and actions aimed at safeguarding the environment and energy infrastructure. They will be used to help inform discussions on the future of Line 5 and energy infrastructure in Michigan.

The comprehensive studies provided to the State of Michigan addressed the following topics:

  • Technologies and strategies to prevent vessel anchor strikes to Line 5 and critical infrastructure in the Straits of Mackinac;
  • Potential technologies that provide leak detection and coating integrity assessment on the underwater portion of Line 5 at the Straits; and
  • Prioritization and potential safety enhancements on Line 5 water crossings outside the Straits of Mackinac.

These assessments are the result of the coordinated efforts between State-appointed experts, independent consultants and Enbridge and can be found on the PSAB Website, Click Here for More. 


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".

Click Here to Read the Full Article in The Detroit News

MNRTF Board Approves $40.3 Million in Recreation Grants

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, supported by oil and gas lease royalties, continues to make a major impact on Michigan's great outdoors.

Recently, the MNRTF Board recommended more than $40 million in grants for outdoor recreational development and land acquisition projects to the state Legislature. READ MORE


EPA draft Strategic Plan for FY 2018-2022 highlights three goals

The draft Strategic Plan includes objectives and strategies for achieving the strategic goals, and establishes strategic measures and FY 2018-2019 Agency Priority Goals by which the EPA will hold itself accountable to monitor progress in improving significantly the way EPA does business.  This includes environmental benefits and engaging closely with public sector partners at all levels and the regulated community. READ MORE


Proposed Tax Reform Could Benefit Industry

Earlier this week, the first details of Pres. Trump's tax plan were unveiled. The Independent Petroleum Association of America issued an analysis of the package that explains some positive impacts on the oil and gas industry. READ MORE


B & B Oilfield Equipment Corp. expands services and reach

What began 35 years ago as a small, family-owned and operated wellhead business in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. has thrived in the ensuing decades, expanding in both products and services offered while extending its reach outside Michigan — all while remaining a family business, run by the same, albeit larger, family. READ MORE

Taplin Group Diversifies To Serve Oil and Gas Community

The establishment in late 2016 by Steve Taplin, founder of Kalamazoo-based environmental remediation company Terra Contracting, of a group of new environmental service firms, that include Taplin Group and Taplin Holdings, is just the latest chapter in an evolving story of diversification into new markets utilizing common equipment and common personnel that began more than six decades ago when Taplin’s father, Al Taplin, bought a business called A & B Sewer Cleaning for $800. READ MORE

NEXUS Pipeline Expected To Create Hundreds of Jobs

The NEXUS Gas Transmission pipeline has been granted approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The $2 billion project is designed to carry 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas per day from the Utica and Marcellus shale fields in Appalachia across northern Ohio and into Michigan and Ontario, Canada. READ MORE

Lambton County Council Supports Line 5

According to a report from BlackburnNews.com, the Lambton County Council in Ontario has gone on record in support of the continued safe operation of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline. READ MORE


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