Statewide Energy Assessment Submitted to the Governor

The Statewide Energy Assessment has been submitted to Gov. Whitmer and the final report is now available online. Click here to see the Michigan Statewide Energy Assessment Final Report.

In January of 2019, the polar vortex and fire at the Ray Compressor Station prompted the Governor to request the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to undertake a statewide review of the supply, engineering, and deliverability of natural gas, electricity, and propane systems, as well as contingency planning related to those systems.

According to the press release, "The final report, which took into account public input from a variety of stakeholders, found that Michigan’s energy systems are adequate to meet customer needs. But there are significant ways that regulated utility companies, the MPSC, policymakers and others can work to strengthen and improve them. The final 220-page report makes 37 recommendations for the MPSC to improve the state’s energy systems, along with 15 observations outside of the MPSC’s regulatory jurisdiction". 

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Geoscience Careers in the Petroleum Industry Webinar

The Geological Society of America (GSA) will be hosting a free webinar entitled "Geoscience Careers in the Petroleum Industry" on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.

To register for this free event, visit:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3422063214384043523

This two-part presentation will provide a high-level review of what geoscientists do and information about starting a career in the petroleum industry. In part one, Fred will give a short bio so you know his experience and then talk about the petroleum industry, a major employer of geoscientists. He will introduce you to the life cycle on an asset (field) and then focus on petroleum exploration. Fred will use a series of questions to illustrate the types of challenges a geoscientist faces each day. In part two, Maryevalyn will cover what to expect when starting a career in the Oil & Gas industry, as well as how to transition from being a full-time student to an early career professional. She will discuss the geoscience technician hiring process at ExxonMobil and key skills, experiences, and characteristics recruiters search for in geology majors. Maryevalyn will also describe her personal experience with the company and what she loves most about her career.

Speakers:
Fred W. Schroeder, Ph.D., Consultant, Seismic Interpretation Training & Application
Maryevalyn Wren, Geoscience Technician, ExxonMobil

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The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is offering grants supporting land-based industries and infrastructure that benefit rural communities.

In a press release on Tuesday, September 3rd, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that it will be offering grants to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits Michigan's rural communities. Land-based industries includes food and agriculture; forestry; mining; oil and gas production; and tourism. The Rural Development Fund grants are available for projects addressing expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to land-based industries; and energy, transportation, housing, communications, water and wastewater infrastructure to benefit rural communities and micropolitan statistical areas (defined by the U.S. Department of Management and Budget as an area/county with at least one urban cluster of at least 10,000 but fewer than 50,000 population). There is approximately $1,400,000 in funds available for this year and grant proposals must be received by Tuesday, October 29, 2019. 

 

MDARD Announces Grant Opportunity for Rural Areas

Proposals due by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2019
Media Contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724
Program Contact: Heather Throne, 517-712-0841

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is offering a competitive grant program to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure benefiting rural communities in Michigan.     

The Rural Development Fund grants are available for projects addressing expansion and sustainability of land-based industries; worker training related to land-based industries; and energy, transportation, housing, communications, water and wastewater infrastructure to benefit rural communities and micropolitan statistical areas (defined by the U.S. Department of Management and Budget as an area/county with at least one urban cluster of at least 10,000 but fewer than 50,000 population).

Land-based industries includes food and agriculture; forestry; mining; oil and gas production; and tourism. Eligible counties include those with a population no greater than 60,000 residents or micropolitan statistical areas. For a complete list of eligible counties, visit www.michigan.gov/mdardgrants.

The proposals will be evaluated through a competitive process. The maximum limit on project grant fund requests is $100,000. The total allotment of funding for the current year is approximately $1,400,000. All proposals require at least a 30% cash match. Applicants for grant funds will be asked to describe how the project will impact and produce measurable outcomes for rural communities.

Those interested in applying for the grant program should visit www.michigan.gov/mdardgrantsto view the application and program guidelines.

Any additional communications concerning this Request for Proposal should be sent to mda-grants@michigan.gov. Proposals must be received at the email above no later than 3 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, October 29, 2019.  Proposals received after 3 p.m. will not be considered.

The Rural Development Fund grants are funded by the Nonferrous Metallic Minerals Extraction Severance Tax. The Rural Development Fund was created under PA 411 of 2012. Revenue from the severance tax is in accordance with PA 410 of 2012.

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Michigan Association of Professional Landmen to host 42nd Annual Fall Seminar Sept. 19 at The B.O.B. in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.The Michigan Association of Professional Landmen (MAPL) will host its 42nd Annual Fall Seminar from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 at The B.O.B. (“The Big Old Building”), in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The event will take place in the Eve room, located on the 4th floor of The B.O.B. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the first speaker starting promptly at 9 a.m. Coffee, juice, water, rolls, muffins and fruit will be provided for attendees during the registration/check-in hour. 

Seminar attendees will earn 5 AAPL ­continuing education credits, according to a summary of the event. Registration can be made by ­visiting the MAPL website, located at www.michiganlandman.com/calendar, selecting Sept. 19 on the calendar, and ­clicking the Register button. In keeping with tradition, the MAPL Fall Seminar has been scheduled concurrent with the September meeting of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association. MOGA’s evening reception begins at 5 p.m. at The B.O.B.

Commenting on the upcoming event, MAPL 2019–20 President Chris Tooman noted last week, “We have an excellent group of speakers scheduled throughout the day are excited to host our 42nd Annual Fall Seminar in such a unique venue.”

For additional information on the 2019 MAPL Fall Seminar, contact Tooman via email at chris.tooman@westernls.com. The B.O.B. is located at 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Cheboygan County follows Grand Traverse Co. and others in passing resolutions in support of Line 5 Tunnel

On Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Cheboygan County Commissioners voted to approve a resolution in support of the construction of a new tunnel to house a replacement pipeline for Line 5 through the Straits. In addition to the tunnel, the resolution calls for there to be no interruption in service while the tunnel work is completed. Cheboygan follows Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Iron, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Grand Traverse counties in passing nearly identical resolutions in support of the tunnel project.

Although the counties do not have jurisdiction over the tunnel project, the resolutions indicate that these local leaders understand the importance of the tunnel to their residents. Whether it’s the taxes into the local economy, the good paying jobs the project will provide, or the much needed energy supply, the tunnel solution provides certainty that a vital, safe and well-maintained piece of transportation infrastructure will continue to support Michigan communities, while safeguarding our state’s waters. Michigan businesses and residents depend on the certainty the tunnel will provide, with the safe, continued operation of the pipeline.

Additional local governments that have passed resolutions in support of the Line 5 Tunnel include Ford River Township in Delta County and the cities of Norway in Dickinson County and Negaunee in Marquette County.

The tunnel project is currently in the planning and pre-construction phase. The geotechnical work underway is needed to keep the project on schedule. The information gathered over the next few months will help inform the detailed engineering plans and determine the design of the boring machine that must be custom made for the tunnel project.

Click here to see the Cheboygan Co. Tunnel Resolution 

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MOGA Showcases the Industry's Community Contributions

Each year, The Michigan Association of Counties Conference provides a great opportunity to get in front of local leaders from all 83 Michigan Counties. This annual event brings together Michigan’s County Commissioners and other communities leaders for three days of workshops, networking, and policy discussion.  In all, Michigan has 622 County Commissioners, the majority of whom attend this event. This year’s event was held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan over the last weekend.

MOGA has exhibited at this event for several years, and seized the opportunity again this year, as it provides a unique platform with which to share the great work our industry does in counties across the state. In addition to showcasing Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and the industry’s positive economic impact across the state, we’ve been able to speak on Michigan’s critical infrastructure and the importance of ensuring the safe transport of energy to meet the needs of Michiganders. Continued outreach and communication with Michigan’s local leaders helps us stay connected with community.

To learn more about the incredible things MOGA members are doing in the community, visit michiganoilandgas.org/ moga-in-your-community 

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"Exploring a Career in the Minerals Industry" Webinar

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The Geological Society of America (GSA) will be hosting a free webinar entitled "Exploring a Career in the Minerals Industry" on Wednesday, 21 August 2019, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.

To register for this free event, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8892842747569519875

This webinar will feature two presenters from Newmont Goldcorp who will provide perspectives of a senior project manager and a student near graduation on what a geologist does in this important sector and what it takes to work within this industry.

Speakers:
Terry Briggs, General Manager, Newmont Goldcorp
Elaine Lord, Intern, Newmont Goldcorp

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Initial Statewide Energy Assessment

The Initial Statewide Energy Assessment has been submitted to Gov. Whitmer and is now available online Michigan Statewide Energy Assessment Initial Report. In January of 2019, the polar vortex and fire at the Ray Compressor Station prompted the Governor to request the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to undertake a statewide review of the supply, engineering, and deliverability of natural gas, electricity, and propane systems, as well as contingency planning related to those systems.

The Initial report has found that Michigan’s energy supply and delivery systems are adequate to meet customer needs. The report also makes 36 recommendations for the MPSC, regulated utilities, policymakers, and others which would add resiliency to the state’s energy systems.

“This detailed State Energy Assessment provided the opportunity for the Commission to examine whether Michigan’s residents and businesses are able to receive safe and reliable energy service during times of great challenges due to abnormal weather and untimely system failures,” said Sally Talberg, chairman of the Commission. “The Commission Staff examined both shortcomings and strengths of the electricity, natural gas, and propane sectors. Overall, the energy system is strong, but would benefit from increased resilience, strengthened infrastructure interconnections, and improved communication.”

Statewide Energy Assessment Fact Sheet

A final report is due to the Governor by Sept. 13. 

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The Critical Role of Energy Infrastructure

A recent opinion piece featured in The Detroit News drives home the important role that energy infrastructure plays in our daily lives.The featured writer, Brigham McCown, is a domestic and foreign policy expert who has held senior posts in three presidential administrations, multiple presidential campaigns, and two presidential transition teams. He previously led the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and teaches ethics, law and foreign policy and at Miami University. While the focus of the piece is Line 5, the author acknowledges the role that pipelines play in energy transportation across the nation. in fact, "Nearly two-thirds of all energy we use on a daily basis is delivered through America’s 2.8 million miles of pipelines. This critical infrastructure is not optional, it is required to safely and efficiently transport the energy supplies the country requires".

Interested in reading more? Visit The Detroit News to see the full opinion piece

 

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Kal-Haven Heritage Trail Unveils 31 New Exhibit Signs with Ribbon Cuttings

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On Saturday, August 3rd, The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting a celebration for the installation of 31 exhibit signs along the Kal-Haven State Park trail with two ribbon cutting ceremonies. 

The first will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Kal-Haven trail head on 10th Street, north of H Avenue in Oshtemo Township (near Kalamazoo) and the second at 1:00p.m. in South Haven at the trail head, located near the intersection of E Wells St. and Bailey Ave.

The public is encouraged to attend one or both and discover the areas unique history through the new signs developed by the Michigan History Center in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

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Michigan Petroleum Directory Now Available!