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

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The EPA’s draft Strategic Plan highlights three goals designed to guide the agency through 2022. 

These goals are:

Core Mission: Deliver real results to provide Americans with clean air, land, and water.

Cooperative Federalism: Rebalance the power between Washington and the states to create tangible environmental results for the American people.

Rule of Law and Process: Administer the law, as Congress intended, to refocus the Agency on its statutory obligations under the law.

 

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Sign Up to Send a Letter to the Editor!

In 2018 we look to step up our outreach reach and engagement with Michigan communities and local legislators. Placing customized, personalized Letters to the Editor or Opinion Editorials in your area publications is an easy and effective way to move important messages. In 2017, we’ve used these strategically placed pieces to educate the public on Michigan’s critical infrastructure

 

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Shut Down Line 5 Ballot Initiative Ended

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On October 31 Keep Our Lakes Great Ballot Committee (KOLG) announced that they would be ending their ballot campaign to shut down Line 5.  Line 5 is the pipeline responsible for carrying essential energy to the Upper and Northern Lower Peninsula residents and businesses, as well as transporting over 50% of Michigan’s crude oil to refineries.

 

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Oil and Gas. Fueling Our Lives in Unexpected Ways.

For many of us, when we think Oil and Gas the first things that come to mind are cars, heating, and cooking. Although these are prime examples of what Oil and Gas provides to our everyday lives, they make up only a small fraction of the over 6,000 products refined from crude oil and natural gas.

Check out this amazing list of everyday products that are in fact petroleum products compiled by the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP). 

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Michigan's Home Grown Energy

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“You have to tell the right story because people just think that oil and gas is big companies, but 88 percent are small- and medium-sized companies,” said U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, during Energy Dialogues LLC’s North American Gas Forum (NAGF)

An article published by Rigzone, reiterated the sentiment of several members of congress from energy producing states that took part in a panel discussion last week in D.C.

 “The oil and gas industry needs to do a better job of defining itself to the public to counter ongoing opposition from various anti-industry forces”.  

Here in Michigan, we are doing just that! 

 

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State Oil and Gas Lease Auction

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The Central Basin Dundee was the focal point of the October 25th State Oil and Gas Lease Auction, driving a sharp increase in 3rd quarter 2017 drilling activity. A small, but active group of bidders grabbed more than 11,000 acres in Midland, Arenac, and Clare Counties in Michigan's Central Basin.

To read more, Subscribe today! Print or electronic subscriptions to the Weekly Update Edition of Michigan Oil & Gas News are only $180 and include complete listing of Michigan oil and natural gas drilling permit applications, drilling permits, rig locations, and more! Back issues are also available by calling MOGN at 989-772-5181.

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Action Alert: Tell Congress to Preserve IDCs and Percentage Depletion

Keeping percentage depletion keeps Michigan’s small, local oil and gas producers in business!

IPAA Action Alert
October 26, 2017
Dear IPAA Member:
Congress is expected to begin the process of writing tax reform legislation in the next few weeks. Following passage of the budget resolution, the House of Representatives is expected to release its first legislative draft on or about November 1. The House Ways and Means Committee will then begin markup of the bill the following week with the goal of passing a tax reform bill out of the House around the middle of November. The Senate will begin action on its tax reform package on or about November 13.
Click here to contact your congressional delegation to let them know that these tax provisions are critical to the long-term growth and viability of America’s energy producers.
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Michigan Association of Counties Conference

The Michigan Association of Counties Conference provided a great opportunity to get in front of County Leaders from all 83 Michigan Counties. This annual event brings together Michigan’s local leaders for three days of work shopping, networking, and policy discussion.  MOGA has attended this event for several years, as it provides a unique platform with which to share the great work our industry does in counties across the state.

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2017 Energy Education for Michigan (EEM) Fall Scholarships Awarded

EEM_Scholarship_Thank_You.PNG  In 2017, Energy Education for Michigan (EEM) completed its Scholarship   Application Re-vamp with the help of MOGA's Education Committee. This   re-vamp was intended to honor the original intent of the donors to both   the James Bigard and Tony Howard Scholarships while increasing the   reach of EEM scholarships. A combined, fully online application has   accomplished just that.

 This Summer/Fall we had:

  • 34 Applicants
  • Applicants from 10 different Michigan Colleges and Universities
  • 20 Majors and specialties represented 

 We are excited to announce the fall 2017 EEM Scholarship   recipients. Cutting edge technologies and bright young minds like these   will continue to drive Michigan’s industry into the future. 

 

 

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Proposed Tax Reform Could Benefit Industry

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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. Below is an excerpt from the release:
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Michigan Petroleum Directory Now Available!