We may still be 6 months out, but time flies! Michigan's Primaries are to be held on Tuesday August 7, 2018 and the General Election on Tuesday, November 6,2018. Soon enough we will have plenty of new faces in the Michigan Legislature join their more seasoned colleagues. Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry's Legislative Education Day set for February of 2019 will provide a great opportunity to meet with new representatives and reconnect with returning ones.
Your voices in Lansing make a difference! In a term-limited legislature, nothing can compare to having the hard-working men and women who are part of an important industry go to legislative offices with a positive message. Your efforts will make a big difference in creating a more positive tenor in legislative conversations over the next 2 years!
We encourage you to stay connected to your elected officials throughout the year by attending local coffee hours or in-district events in your hometown. These are great opportunities to continue to build real relationships with your elected officials.
A look back at the 2017 Legislative Education day
Legislative Education Day by the numbers:
- 100 Legislative meetings with legislators and staff
- 80 MOGA/ MAPL/ NMCAPI/ BADDC members attending legislative meetings and events
- Over 50 legislative offices at the cocktail reception
- Over 30 partner organizations, DEQ, and DNR attendees at the cocktail reception, including the Director of the DEQ, the Director of the DNR, the Deputy Director of the DEQ and the Chief of the Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals.
In November of last year, 2017, Enbridge and the State of Michigan entered into an agreement, setting forward a plan to improve coordination between the company and the State for the operation and maintenance of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, while providing enhanced transparency to the citizens of Michigan. The agreement required Enbridge to produce four reports that looked at various aspects of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac and across Michigan.
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.
The Eighteenth Annual Oilfield Classic, sponsored by the Bay Area Desk & Derrick Club (BADDC) will take place at the Gaylord Country Club west of Gaylord on M-32 on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
Registration will be from 8 a.m. until 8:15 a.m., followed by an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The cost of registration for the four-person, 18-hole scramble is $65 per person, which includes golfing with a cart and lunch.
This year, BADDC will honor NuEnergy Operating founding partner Jeff Smetzer with the club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets for lunch and the award ceremony only are $15.
The Club is looking for hole sponsorships, as well as door prize donations. All proceeds from this event will allow the Bay Area Desk & Derrick Club to further the education of its members and to fund educational scholarships.
The hole sponsorship amount is $200 and includes placement of a tee sign recognizing the supporting company on the course and acknowledgement near the registration table.
Door prize donations may be made in the form of gift cards or monetary donations with which Bay Area Desk & Derrick will purchase gift cards for the event. Contact Betty Wajda at 989-370-0522 by Aug. 10 if you will be bringing a door prize or prizes so that your company may receive the proper acknowledgement for your support. If you are interested in being a hole sponsor or would like BADDC to purchase your door prize donation, please mail checks to: BADD-Oilfield Classic, c/o Betty Wajda, 888 Shaggy Bark, Gaylord, MI 49735, by Aug. 8. Please specify on your check if your donation is for hole sponsorship, door prizes, or both.
Federal pipeline regulators have authorized Enbridge Energy to restore maximum pressure to segments of Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac.The pipeline had been under a pressure restrictions as a precaution following the April Anchor Incident in which the pipeline was dented. Enbridge has completed installation of a composite wrap sleeve on both the East and West pipes to provide a permanent reinforcement over the areas of pipe contacted during the April ATC incident.
According to Enbridge spokesmen Ryan Duffy, “The max pressure limit is back to where it was, but we don’t operate at that pressure anyway. We still are at 150 to 200 psi day-to-day in the straits"
Michigan's oil and gas industry drives Michigan's economy. The Economic Contribution Study conducted my Public Sector Consultants illustrates that fact with abundant clarity.Read more
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.
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
(Graphic Courtesy of Politico Elections) *Note. Vote totals will continue to increase as more precincts report.
Tuesday August 7, 2018 is Primary Day in Michigan.
Polls are Open Today, Tuesday August, 7th from 7:00 A.M.- 8:00 P.M.
Today is your first chance to weigh in on big races for governor, U.S. Congress, and the State Legislature. Make your voice heard!
Things you should know before you go to the polls:
- Voters aren't allowed to "split their tickets" or cast "straight-party" votes. In the primary, voters must keep their votes to a single party column — either the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian races.
- Voters are banned from wearing or displaying election-related materials at the polls, including clothing, buttons, stickers, pamphlets and fliers. They also can't have them within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place.
- Voters are banned from using video cameras, still cameras and other recording devices at the polls.
- Be prepared to present photo identification, such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card.
The September 2018 MOGA Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday September 27, 2018 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, MI. The event will feature Cathy Stepp, the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5.
As the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5, her responsibilities include overseeing environmental protection efforts in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal governments. One of her roles is manager of EPA Great Lakes National Program, in which she leads restoration and protection of the largest freshwater system in the world. Before joining Region 5, she was principal deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 7.
Ms. Stepp served as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2011 to 2017. As state cabinet secretary, she led the third largest state agency with about 4,000 employees and was responsible for state enforcement and protection of wildlife, fisheries, state parks, trails, forests and environmental permitting.
Ms. Stepp also served as a Wisconsin state senator from 2003 to 2007, where she represented nearly 160,000 constituents and authored and advanced legislation on regulatory reform, job creation and other issues. Prior to entering public service, Ms. Stepp owned a small business, a home-building company.
Registration for this event will be available soon for MOGA members and guests on the MOGA Events Webpage
Petroleum and Natural Gas Predicted to Remain Top of Sources of World Energy Consumption Through 2040
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)
Renewable energy sources are growing in importance and are a rapidly increasingly part of the U.S. energy portfolio. These energy sources complement more traditional sources both at home and across the globe. That said, oil and natural gas will remain important sources of energy for years to come. 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)
“It is one of the most extraordinarily important, disruptive, technologically driven changes in the history of energy,” said Ed Morse, global head of commodity research at Citigroup. “It was revolutionary for the U.S. economy and it was revolutionary geopolitically.”
The process of hydraulic fracturing is not new, in fact, in Michigan hydraulic fracturing has been used since the 1950s. An estimated 12,00 Michigan production wells have utilized the method for producing natural gas and oil effectively, efficiently, and safely. However, its the combination of new hydraulic fracturing technologies and horizontal drilling that have helped spur the Shale Revolution and enabled the United States to dramatically increase our own oil and natural gas production. Michigan producers consistently have used hydraulic fracturing to meet our state’s energy needs while protecting the environment
Hydraulic fracturing is a safe, proven and essential process for recovering natural gas and oil from reserves found deep below the earth and often in tight rock. Low Permeability rock formations, such as the Antrim Shale formation, are common to Michigan’s geology and contain stores of natural gas that are important to Michigan’s energy supply. Hydraulic Fracturing is essential to the successful development of many oil and gas wells in Michigan because of this low permeability. We could not produce economically viable volumes of natural gas without the use of hydraulic fracturing.