Court of Appeals Upholds MPSC Order in Antrim Vacuum Case

ERIN McDONOUGH, MOGA PRESIDENT

On March 21, 2017 the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a ruling on the decision of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to allow companies to operate wells in the Antrim formation under vacuum.

 

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iGO was Made for MOGA Members

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The iGO insurance program was designed and built specifically to benefit MOGA members. Businesses in the oil and gas industry have historically demonstrated a track record of safety and risk management leading to reduced exposure, risk and insurance claims. A program designed to reward these efforts with upfront competitive rates and a premium return up to 15% for profitable performance just makes sense.

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IPAA Call to Action: BLM Venting and Flaring Under Congressional Review

IPAA would like to encourage your participation on a time-sensitive matter that needs your urgent attention. The Obama Administration finalized a number of rules during the waning months in office.

Some of these regulations, that are harmful to our industry, were pushed out due to political ideology rather than a carefully measured and studied need for change.

One such regulation that the Senate is expected to take a vote on next week is the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Methane and Waste Prevention Rule, also known as the Venting and Flaring Rule.

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MOGA Launches Webinar Series

MIKE CORNELIUS, MOGA

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Take 20 Mins out of your day to learn something new or brush up on industry issues!

We’ve begun our year-long webinar series focused on the educational topics YOU choose! And it’s not too late to join! Each month we will bring in an expert to give a presentation and answer questions on a particular topic or issue of importance to our industry.

Following the Webinars, Fact Sheets and additional materials will be available on the website.

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Oil and Gas: The Lifeblood of Michigan's Economy

The Michigan Oil and Gas Association paired up with API Energy, AFPD and MPAMACS to produce a video featuring Michigan legislators Mike Shirkey and Jim Stamas highlighting the interconnection of Michigan's petroleum industry and Michigan's economy.

Check out the video. 

 

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EPA Withdraws ICR for Oil and Gas Industry

ERIN McDONOUGH, MOGA PRESIDENT

On March 2, 2017 the EPA withdrew its request that owners and operators in the oil and natural gas industry provide information on equipment and emissions at existing oil and gas operations.  The withdrawal is effective immediately, meaning that owners and operators – including those who have received an extension to their due dates for providing the information- are no longer required to respond.

“By taking this step, EPA is signaling that we take these concerns seriously and are committed to strengthening our partnership with the states,” said EPA Administrator Pruitt.  “Today’s action will reduce burdens on businesses while we take a closer look at the need for additional information from this industry.”

 

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New EPA Head to Halt "Suit and Settle"

ERIN McDONOUGH, MOGA PRESIDENT

In addition to mapping out some early priorities of providing regulatory certainty, new EPA Director, Scott Pruitt, has announced his intention to bring an end to the “Sue and Settle” practice within the EPA.  “Sue and Settle” is a practice that evolved as a tactic of activist groups who sue an agency (usually the EPA), causing the agency to enter into a legally-binding settlement agreement, negotiated behind closed doors with no public input.

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Four Generations of Michigan Oil and Gas

SCOTT BELLINGER, MICHIGAN OIL & GAS NEWS

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Drew Martin (left) and Luke Miller, both fourth generation members of the Miller family, are pursuing growth opportunities for Miller Energy Co. in the Michigan Basin nearly 100 years after their great-grandfather Clyde Miller and his brother George came to the state as drilling contractors.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Miller Energy Co. principals Mike Miller, Luke Miller and Drew Martin all grew up in — and around — the oil and gas industry as part of one of the most storied domestic petroleum families our state or nation have ever produced, but for each the journey to finding a home in the industry and the family business proved to be one of personal discovery.

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Michigan Oil & Gas News February 2017 Headlines

MATT HEWITT, MICHIGAN OIL & GAS NEWS

The following is a compilation of stories contained in February 2017 editions of Michigan Oil & Gas News. Subscribe today! Print or electronic subscriptions to the Weekly Update Edition of Michigan Oil & Gas News are only $180 and include articles similar to the ones below as well as a 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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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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Michigan Petroleum Directory Now Available!