Education Day 2017 a Success

MIKE CORNELIUS, MOGA 

A sincere thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Michigan Crude Oil and Natural Gas Industry Legislative Education Day!  We appreciate the partnership that brought together the powerful voices of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association, the Michigan Association of Professional Landmen, the Northern Michigan Chapter of API and the Bay Area Desk and Derrick Club. 

 

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Breaking News: Scott Pruitt Confirmed As Director of U.S. EPA

ERIN McDONOUGH, MOGA PRESIDENT AND CEO

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The Michigan Oil and Gas Association has learned that Scott Pruitt has been officially confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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Pres. Trump Signs First Bill Into Law -- And It Came From Michigan

Pres. Donald Trump signed his first bill into law this week and it was legislation sponsored by Michigan Rep. Bill Huizenga. The law revers a provision of the Dodd-Frank law requiring oil and gas companies to reveal certain financial information.

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New Faces Abound on House Energy and Natural Resources Committee

As we move into February, the newly elected Michigan House of Representative members have built their new committee and are ready to begin work.  MOGA most frequently monitors the Energy and Natural Resources Committees as these are where most bills related to our industry would flow.  New leadership is in place and ready to hit the ground running.
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It's Time To Register For The Legislative Education Day

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Join us Wed. February 15 for the MI Crude Oil and Natural Gas Legislative Education Day!

As an industry, we have a powerful message as evidenced by the research contained in our recently commissioned economic impact study (Michigan's Oil and Natural Gas Industry: Economic Contribution) The Legislative Education Day launch this past May was an important step in working to re-frame our industry at the administrative and legislative level and to take control of the story that is told about us.

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Old Bill That Erodes Property Rights Makes a Return

ERIN McDONOUGH, PRESIDENT AND CEO

If you needed a reminder to attend the February 15 Legislative Education Day, this is it.

As the newly elected Michigan House members work hard to assign committee assignments, make connections and set priorities, some old legislation geared toward hindering private property rights has been reintroduced.

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Pipelines See New Life: What Does It Mean For Michigan

By Erin McDonough

On January 24, 2017 President Trump signed two Executive Orders designed to revive and expedite the approval for Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline, both of which were denied permits under the previous administration.

Specifically, the EO calls on the U.S. Army Corp to “review and approve in an expedited manner” the Dakota Access Pipeline.  TransCanada, Keystone XL’s backer is invited to reapply for its permit, with a call for the State Department to make a decision within 60 days.  A key provision is that these companies are both directed to use as much U.S. materials in construction as possible.

 

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Changes to DEQ Structure Now In Effect

By Scott Bellinger
Managing Editor
Michigan Oil and Gas News

LANSING, Mich. — Changes in the organizational structure of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that take effect on Jan. 15, will see the Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals — which has primary regulatory authority over the permitting and drilling of oil and gas and mineral wells in the state — upgraded to the status of a division within DEQ.

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State Revenue Consensus Conference Touches on Oil and Gas Prices

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By ERIN McDONOUGH, MOGA PRESIDENT & CEO

This week's annual state Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference outlined the projections that went into to laying out the budget numbers state legislators will work with moving forward.  While overall projections were cautiously optimistic, the message was to expect growth to be slow.

 

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MNRTF Fuels Traverse Area Projects

A pair of projects coordinated by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy will receive a substantial influx of funding next year thanks to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.

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