MBGS October Membership Meeting set for Oct. 9th, 2019

The Michigan Basin Geological Society will be meeting in Lansing this Wednesday, Oct. 9th. 

When: October 9th, 2019, 7:00PM
Where: Michigan State University in the Natural Science Building, East Lansing, Michigan
Speaker: Paul Meneghini and Bryan Stiemsma, Enbridge
Presentation: “Update on Enbridge – Kalamazoo Oil Spill and Line 5 ”

Paul and Bryan will provide a brief overview of Enbridge assets in North America, an update on the
restoration following the 2010 Kalamazoo River Spill and wrap up with a discussion on Enbridge’s plan to
replace a segment of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac into an underground tunnel.

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Opinion: Want to Ban Fracking? Think Again

“For anyone who worries about climate change and is intent on carbon reduction, all this should be a cause for rejoicing. Fracking, which has made it possible, should be extolled as a boon to environmental progress,’’ 

In a series of recent opinion pieces, two editors explore the benefits that hydraulic fracturing has brought the United States and argue the implausibility of an immediate ban on hydraulic fracturing. 

A vow to “ban fracking — everywhere” may excite progressive extremists who hate the fossil-fuel industry and all its works. But it’s the very opposite of a serious proposal, and the mark of a candidate unsuited for the White House. 

Click here to read the Hart Energy Opinion Piece

Click here to read the Boston Globe Opinion Piece

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Enbridge Receives Approval to Install Additional Supports to Line 5

On Tuesday, September 24th, Enbridge announced that it had received a permit from the United States Army Corps of Engineers to install additional anchor support for  Line 5. In early August of 2018, Enbridge notified officials that a stretch of lakebed had washed away, leaving a portion of the pipeline unsupported. With the approval, Enbridge can now begin to install 54  steel supports to the pipeline, as erosion created a gap between the lake bottom and the pipe. Since 2002, Enbridge has installed 147 anchor supports on the Line 5' through the Straits. 

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Hal Fitch Honored by IOGCC

Left to Right: North Dakota Governor, Doug Burgum with 2019 Marland Award Winner, Harold R. Fitch.

Harold R. Fitch, a longtime Michigan oil and gas regulator, received the E.W. Marland Award at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) in Medora, North Dakota.

The prestigious award, which recognizes an outstanding state regulator, is named for E.W. Marland, the former Oklahoma governor who led in chartering the compact in 1935. IOGCC’s current chair, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, presented the award to Fitch for his many years of dedicated service in support of IOGCC’s mission.

Fitch served as Director of the Oil, Gas and Minerals Division for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality from 1996 until he retired in April of 2019. In 2011, Fitch was appointed by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to serve as the state’s Official Representative to IOGCC, and he remained in that role until his retirement. He also completed terms on various IOGCC committees, including the Steering Committee, Resolutions Committee, and Environment and Safety Committee.

After his retirement from Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality, Fitch went on to start his own consulting firm, H.R. Fitch Consulting Services, where he uses his 40 years of state government experience to assist his clients with government affairs issues. He is currently assisting IOGCC with an update of its publications on state regulations concerning idle and orphan oil and gas wells.


Adam W. Heft, CPG

Michigan Section AIPG Newsletter Editor

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Legislative Spotlight- Daire Rendon (R-MI 103)

State Representative Daire Rendon of Lake City was first elected in November 2016 to the Michigan House and represents Michigan’s 103rd State House District, covering the Counties of Missaukee, Crawford, Kalkaska, Roscommon, and Ogemaw. *visit michiganoilandgas.org for fact sheets on the positive impact our industry has on each county.

Now in her second term, Representative Rendon serves as chairwoman of the Insurance Committee and the vice chairwoman of the committee on Families, Children & Seniors.

Additional Committees Representative Rendon serves on include

  • Judiciary Committee
  • Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committee
  • and the Select Committee on Reducing Car Insurance Rates

Over the last few years, the representative has joined Michigan’s oil and gas leaders on legislative tours around the state, showcasing several aspects of the industry from exploration and production to processing and transportation. She has happily welcomed folks from across the patch into her office at Legislative Education Day and has been a stronger supporter of Michigan’s home state energy production.

In her words,

“I am very supportive of the oil and gas industry in general, because I believe that our own natural resources can be readily "harvested" to offer Michigan residents a source of affordable fuel and low-cost options for heating their homes. I am in awe of the new technology being used today by oil and gas producers that makes accessing these abundant natural resources such a streamlined process.  The good paying jobs that go along with the processing and transporting of the end products to provide fuel and home heating are a big bonus to those of us who love our Northern Michigan lifestyles.  With such advanced techniques for extraction and processing being used right here in Northern Michigan and with the vast reserves of natural gas available here, the people of Michigan should feel confident knowing that their fuel and home heating needs will be easily met at a low cost for many many years to come”. -Representative Daire Rendon

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Join the "Great Lakes. Michigan Jobs" Coalition

MOGA has joined the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Laborers Union, Michigan Petroleum Association, Michigan Chemistry Council, Michigan Propane Association, and Lake Superior Community Partnership in a coalition in support of the Straits Tunnel Project.

Together, the group has launched a new website to share the benefits of protecting Michigan’s critical energy infrastructure and developed social media toolkit.

To check it out and learn more, or join in support, visit https://www.greatlakesmichiganjobs.com/


Join the Great Lakes, Michigan Jobs Coalition! Michigan residents of both political parties and from all coasts and both peninsulas are demanding the Great Lakes Tunnel. 

It’s what’s best for Michigan, and our coalition is growing.


The Great Lakes are more than a natural resource.  They’re Michigan’s way of life.  Our state’s identity, our traditions, and our jobs depend on healthy Great Lakes, and we fight to defend them. 

The Great Lakes Tunnel protects the Great Lakes, taking an oil and gas pipeline out of the water and burying it 100 feet under the lakebed. According to a state study, buried that deep the Lakes are protected from the risk of an oil spill, while the lakebed, fish, and wildlife remain safeguarded and undisturbed.

The Great Lakes Tunnel supports Michigan jobs – jobs building the tunnel, jobs “up North,” and jobs across the Lower Peninsula that depend on the affordable fuel and petroleum products the tunnel will deliver.

The Great Lakes Tunnel protects people’s paychecks. Funded 100% through private sources and requiring no increase in your taxes, the Great Lakes tunnel will prevent energy shortages and rising costs for the products and utilities we use every day.

Membership benefits include regular updates about the tunnel project, information about local activities and events, and opportunities to add your voice to an important statewide discussion. What do we ask of you? Nothing more than the opportunity to send you a bi-weekly email and a chance to add your name to our list of supporters.

Sign up below, or email us to download our coalition toolkit and get involved today!


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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.

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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Michigan Petroleum Directory Now Available!