New EGLE video digs into Michigan's geology

Michigan's diverse and fascinating geology is the topic of a new MI EnviroMinute video produced by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Michigan's geology features all three types of rock: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. Not only is Michigan's geology fascinating, it's also important to the state's economy. Jason Stilger, geologist, explains that the geologists of EGLE's Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division ensure responsible development of Michigan's mineral resources, while protecting the environment, property rights, public health and safety.

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EGLE Names Mike Neller Director of Remediation and Redevelopment Division

In a Press Release late last month, EGLE announced Mike Neller will be the new Director of the Department's Remediation and Redevelopment Division

According to the Press Release, Neller, a U.S. Navy veteran who was hired into EGLE in 2018 as manager of the Radiological Protection Section, assumes his new role Dec. 1.

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Strengthening the community through the support of Single MOMM

In 2008, Jennifer Finnigan Poole started Single MOMM, a non-profit based out of Traverse City, to lead the change in the way our culture perceives, values, and guides single moms forward to confidence and purpose. As a single mom herself, she came to realize how hard it was to make it, even with the education and strong family support she had been blessed with. She wanted to help others who did not have the resources she was afforded to reach healthy independence as well. The group meets single moms wherever they’re at in life and helps them move along in the restorative process.

Healthy woman = healthy mom = healthy family = healthy communities.

Their mission, “cultivating communities on a mission to ignite hope, healing, and confidence within single moms through story based awareness, mentorship, and guidance”,  has really resonated with Michigan’s oil and gas industry and has many MOGA members excited to get involved in the great work they’re doing. Bob Mannes, President of Core Energy and his wife Kristen have been long time supporters of the organization and have encouraged others in the industry to join in backing Single MOMM.

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Longtime Single MOMM supporters, Bob Mannes, John Wilson, and Single MOMM Board Member, Mike Miller join Jennifer Finnegan Pool, founder and CEO of Single MOMM at Swingshift and the Stars on November 15, 2019 in Traverse City.

Visit singlemomm.org to learn more about the great work they are doing in communities across northern Michigan and check out swingshiftandthestars.org for more information on upcoming events.

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The Committee To Ban Fracking in Michigan (CBFM) Continues its Legal Fight to be Considered on the 2020 Ballot

The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan (CBFM) began its campaign in 2015 with the goal of placing a ban on hydraulic fracturing in Michigan on the 2016 ballot. The group failed to collect the 252,523 signatures needed within the required 180 days to get the issue placed on the ballot in 2016. CBFM challenged the state’s 180-day window to collect signatures, but the court rejected the challenge as “premature” because the group had not collected enough signatures. The group then set their sights on the 2018 election, continuing to collect new signatures with the hopes that the combination of new and old signatures would be enough to reach the required amount by May of 2018. The group, however, again failed to collect the necessary signatures. On November 5, 2018, the day before the general election, CBFM tried to file its petition for placement on the November 2020 ballot, 5 years after it first began collecting signatures. The state rejected the signatures because the petitions stated that the proposal would be voted on in the 2016 general election, rendering the petition “defective and untimely”.

A quick timeline:

  • On December 27, 2018, the Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan (CBFM) filed a lawsuit in the Court of Claims. This suit, their third since 2015, asserted that Former Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Sally Williams, then Director of Elections for Michigan’s Department of State wrongfully rejected CBFM’s petition signatures and refused to notify the Board of State Canvassers that CBFM had filed a petition.
  • On Thursday, March 8, 2019 Attorney General Dana Nessel asked the Court to dismiss the lawsuit and defended the state’s previous decision to reject the signatures submitted by the group.
  • In July of 2019, the Court of Claims ruled that the rejection was proper because of a reference on the front of the petition to the 2016 election. 
  • On November 4th, CBFM filed an appeal brief in the Michigan Court of Appeals, in hopes of reversing the Court of Claims decision. 

The CBFM's legal effort to compel the Secretary of State to accept their petition signatures is currently before the Michigan Court of Appeals.

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Kelly Rossman-McKinney, spokesperson for Attorney General Dana Nessel, said the Attorney General’s next brief in the case before the Court of Appeals is due in December.

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The Ron Jolly Show with guests Erin McDonough and Bob Mannes

MOGA President Erin McDonough and Core Energy President, Bob Mannes talk Michigan's oil and Gas Industry; charitable giving, economic contribution in communities across the state, and how the industry works to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities!

https://soundcloud.com/ronjolly/bob-mannes-core-energy-erin-mcdonough-mich-oil-gas-assoc-11-15-19mp3

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Enbridge Continues to Make Progress on the Tunnel Project

Amber Pastoor, Project Manager for Enbridge's Line 5 Tunnel sits down with WJR's Frank Beckmann to discuss the tunnel project progress. Take a listen to the podcast here: http://cdn.cmlsdet.com/audio/audio_00038574_20191122.mp3

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The Importance of Protecting US Energy Independence

Technical advances like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing combined with the stringent regulations in place to protect our fresh water resources have helped establish the U.S. as a global energy leader.

Check out a new video that API released this week. The video highlights America’s decades-long transition away from its dependence on foreign sources of energy and is intended to provide balance to the candidates’ discussions regarding restrictive energy policies that would erase this progress.

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Enbridge has completed the Great Lakes Tunnel geotechnical work on schedule

This week, Enbridge announced the recent completion of sediment and rock sampling at the Straits of Mackinac, a key engineering component needed for the final design of the tunnel. The sampling program was a major part of Enbridge's $40 million investment in the project in 2019.

The specialized deep-water drilling vessel, Highland Eagle, and a team of experts successfully completed the last of the bedrock borings in the deep-water areas at the Straits earlier this week. Rock and sediment samples were collected from a total of 27 locations including on-shore, near-shore and deep-water locations.

Next, geologists will study the rock samples collected and results of the study will be used to guide the design of the tunnel, as well as the tunnel boring machine, which will be custom-built to suit the characteristics of geology in the Straits.

Completion of this phase of the project on schedule reflects Enbridge's commitment to building the Great Lakes Tunnel to protect the community and the Great Lakes while meeting Michigan's energy needs.

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Title V Air Fees Revised

The Clean Air Act requires each state to develop a Title V, Renewable Operating Permit (ROP) Program supported by air quality fees. An annual air quality fee program for Michigan, including the specific fee structure, was established by the legislature in 1993. On Friday November 15th, 2019 Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 530 into law. The bill enacts a new air fee formula developed with extensive collaboration between the Air Quality Division and stakeholder groups, including MOGA. Working with the MMA Air Quality Work Group, we were able to secure a $2 million General Fund appropriation to sufficiently fund the Title V program without unduly burdening our industry with with dramatic fee increases.

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Press Release: McBroom warns energy task force: Northern Michigan families vulnerable without reliable, affordable propane

In a recent press release, Senator Ed Mcbroom cautioned members of the U.P. Energy Task Force on Tuesday that upending the system that provides U.P. families and businesses with a local source of propane could jeopardize the safety and security of the region’s residents.

“The unseasonable cold and snow that has buried the U.P. this week is a strong reminder that energy is critical — not just to our way of life — but to survival,” said McBroom, R-Vulcan. “Groups trying to shut down the Line 5 pipeline — and the very system it supports for ensuring our region’s propane supply — must recognize that winters in this part of the state can be deadly.  The Line 5 pipeline, Rapid River station and Rapid River refinery are a critical, local system that has a longstanding record of maintaining reliable and affordable propane for heating homes and businesses across the U.P.

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The U.P Energy Taskforce is scheduled to meet on Wed. Nov. 13th. 

Wednesday, Nov. 13
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Bay de Noc Community College

Joseph Heirman University Center
952 Conference Room
2001 N. Lincoln Road
Escanaba

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