R.S.V.P. to Attend an Upcoming Public Hearing on the Line 5 Tunnel Project

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) is holding several upcoming public hearings on the Great Lakes Tunnel Project permit applications. We encourage members to show their support for the permits verbally at the public hearings. 

Those interested may also submit a comment online: Written comments to EGLE must include the application number: HNY-NHX4-FSR2Q and may be provided via the MIWaters portal

You may also send a letter to EGLE via email to  EGLE-Enbridge-
Comments@Michigan.gov.

Upcoming Line 5 Tunnel Project Public Hearings:

September 29; 1-4pm EST           NPDES (water discharge) Public Hearing

October 1; 1-4 pm EST                 Resource Permit Public Hearing

October 6; 6-9 pm EST                 NPDES (water discharge) Public Hearing

October 8; 6-9 pm EST                 Resource Permit Public Hearing

How to attend the Public Hearing:

To attend the online public hearing meeting register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hab7JL3oSTSPeMP7tfkwkQ. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If you do not have internet access and would like to join by PHONE ONLY please use the following phone number: 312-626-6799, and use access code 994 2525 3960#.

Please let us know which public hearing you are planning to attend by email at mcornelius@michiganoilandgas.org. 

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MI State Department Heads to Discuss Reaching Carbon Neutrality by 2050 as Ordered by Gov. Whitmer

Six state department heads will discuss on Friday Michigan’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2050 as ordered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer under Executive Order 2020-182 and Executive Directive 2020-10.

Each panelist will give a short summary of what their agency is doing to move Michigan toward carbon neutrality and the transition to a more sustainable future, followed by an open question-and-answer discussion with journalists.

Although the discussion is limited to working journalists, the event will be recorded and posted publicly afterwards.

  • Who:
    • Liesl Clark, director, Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy
    • Dan Eichinger, director, Department of Natural Resources
    • Rachael Eubanks, state treasurer
    • Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive, Department of Health and Human Services
    • Dan Scripps, chair, Michigan Public Service Commission
    • Brom Stibitz, acting director, Department of Technology, Management and Budget
  • What: Press availability. Questions and discussion will be limited to working journalists.
  • When: 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

MOGA will post the recording of this event as soon as it becomes available. 

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Gov. Whitmer Announces new Climate Executive Order and Directive

On Wednesday, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-182, which creates the Council on Climate Solutions and Executive Directive 2020-10, which directs the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to develop the MI Healthy Climate Plan. The EO, Executive Directive, and Press Release can be found below. 

Executive Order 2020-182 (Climate Solutions Council). 

Executive Directive 2020-10 (MI Healthy Climate Plan and Carbon Neutral Goal).

Governor Whitmer Press Release on Climate Actions

Click Read More for an in-depth overview of the climate actions. 

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Order Your 2020 Michigan Petroleum Directory Today!

The Michigan Petroleum Directory contains the only comprehensive and up-to-date listing of companies and individuals working in the Michigan crude oil and natural gas exploration and production industry available, anywhere.

The cost of the 2020 Michigan Petroleum Directory is $120 (plus shipping & handling and tax) per copy, or $130 (plus shipping & handling and tax) when “bundeled” with one copy of the 2020 Michigan Petroleum Directory – Pocket Edition. Additional copies of the Pocket Edition for those ordering the full-size directory are $20 per copy (plus shipping & handling and tax); Pocket Editions are $25 per copy (plus shipping & handling and tax) if ordered without the full-size directory. A single online access license to the 2020 edition may be purchased for $120 plus tax. Additional online access licenses for ­purchasers of either the print edition — or one full-price online access license — are available at a discounted rate of $60 plus tax.

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Energy Education for Michigan Scholarship 2020 Recipients Selected

Energy Education for Michigan has selected 9 scholarship Energy Education for Michigan scholarship recipients for the fall of 2020. Each recipient will receive $1,000 to be applied to school related expenses. Cutting edge technologies and bright young minds like these will continue to drive Michigan’s industry into the future.

This year, the Energy Education for Michigan Scholarships saw a record high of 84 applicants, with over 30 Majors Represented and 34 Colleges and Universities. 

The Tony Howard Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 in honor of Howard, who passed on Oct. 11, 2010, following a career in all phases of oil and gas drilling that spanned more than 50 years. While The James Bigard Scholarship Fund was created following the Sept. 16, 2012, passing of Bigard, who built his company from a single drilling rig to a fleet of as many as 13, including the state’s first rated to 20,000 feet.

The newest scholarship, The William K. Roth scholarship was established following the Oct. 16th, 2017 passing of William K. "Bill" Roth, legendary Michigan petroleum geologist and mentor, whose steadfast leadership spanned his 58 year career in Michigan’s Oil and Gas Business.

Tony Howard Scholarship recipients:

Zachary Ruddick of Eaton Rapids is majoring in Civil Engineering at Michigan State University.

Griffin Schmidt of Cheybogan is majoring in Chemical Engineering Technology at Michigan Technical University.

Sarah Judis of Rochester Hills is majoring in Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University.

Jermone Spagnotti II of Calumet is majoring in Welding Technology at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Stephanie Bodmer of Waterford is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with an energy specialization at Oakland University.

James R. Bigard Scholarship recipients:

Morgan Wildman of Ada is majoring in Special Education and American Sign Language at Lansing Community College and Calvin University.

Ian Goan of West Bloomfield is majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Michigan.

Alexander Quinn of Chelsea is majoring in Geology at Eastern Michigan University.

William K. Roth Scholarship recipients:

Lauren Bergeron of Riverview is majoring in Geology and History and minoring in GIS at Albion College.

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Enbridge to return east segment of Line 5 dual Straits pipelines to service

Enbridge said last week that it will restart the east segment of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac after receiving authorization from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and approval from Ingham County Circuit Judge, James Jamo.

According to a Sept. 9 news release issued by Enbridge, Vern Yu, executive vice president and president of liquids pipelines, said, “The decision to allow the restart of the east segment of Line 5 is very positive for the many residents and businesses in Michigan and the Great Lakes region who depend on the energy Line 5 delivers. Enbridge will continue to focus on the safe operation of the dual Line 5 pipelines at the Straits of Mackinac, ensuring the Great Lakes are protected while also reliably delivering the energy and feedstock that helps to fuel Michigan's and the region's economy.”

Following a review of the data from an in-line inspection of the east segment in the area around a damaged screw anchor, PHMSA indicated in a letter to Enbridge dated Sept. 4, that, “The review by PHMSA and its independent third-party expert did not identify any integrity issues. As no integrity issues have been identified in the area around the displaced anchor, PHMSA has no objection to Enbridge restarting the east leg of Line 5.”

Enbridge said that throughout this period it has kept the state of Michigan fully advised of the status of the west and east segment investigations and will continue to do so.

The west segment was returned to operation in July.

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Governor Whitmer Extends State of Emergency Through Oct. 1st.

On Sept. 3rd, Governor Gretchen Whitmer extended the State of Emergency until October 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Executive Order 2020-177 will allow the state to continue to mobilize resources and take the reasonable and necessary steps to protect Michiganders and their families. According to the Governor's press release, the state’s percent positivity remains below the national average: in Michigan, 3.3% of all COVID-19 tests administered were positive, whereas nationally it was 6.1%.

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Michigan Oil & Gas News Coverage of NSPS Rule Changes

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Line 5 St. Clair River Horizontal Directional Drill Project has been Completed

Enbridge has completed the replacement of Line 5 St. Clair River crossing. The work to replace the St. Clair River crossing segment of the Line 5 pipeline came as part of the agreement signed between Enbridge and the State under the Snyder administration. Work began in March of 2020 and crews used horizontal directional drilling from the U.S. side of the river and  pulled the new 2,800 foot section of 30-inch diameter pipe through the borehole. The new section of pipeline was placed into service on July 30 and is now operational.

"Honoring its commitment to enhance pipeline safety and environmental safeguards in Michigan, Enbridge has completed the replacement of the segment of Line 5 that crosses the St. Clair River," said Ryan Duffy, a communication strategist with Enbridge, "Using horizontal directional drilling technology to place the pipeline under the riverbed, the new segment is now in service."

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EPA Issues Final Policy and Technical Amendments to the NSPS for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

On August 13, 2020, EPA issued two final rules that will make it simpler and less burdensome for the oil and natural gas industry to comply with the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry. Combined, the two rules combined are expected to save the industry millions of dollars in compliance costs each year. The rules are:

  • Final policy amendments to the 2012 and 2016 NSPS, which remove the transmission and storage segment from the rule, rescind VOC and methane emissions standards for that segment, and rescind methane emissions standards for the production and processing segments; and
  • Final technical amendments to the 2016 NSPS, which make a number of changes to the rule to simplify compliance, including changes to the leaks monitoring and repair schedules for gathering and boosting compressor stations and low-production wells, changes to record keeping and reporting requirements (leaks are called “fugitive emissions” in the rule), and changes to incorporate several states’ requirements, among others.
  • Final policy amendments 
  • Final technical amendments 
  • Regulatory Impact Analysis 
  • Fact sheets
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