Northern Michigan Chapter API Shoot Out


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AAPL Field Landman Seminar Oct. 25 in GR

Space is running out for the ‘Promoter’s Dream!’ 

The AAPL welcomes Doug Elenbaas as he presents ‘A Promoter’s Dream! – Michigan’s Oil Industry pre-1900’.  Mr. Elenbaas is an enthusiastic advocate of Michigan’s energy industry and always delivers intriguing presentations about the history of the Michigan Basin.  For this presentation Doug has completed extensive research on the beginnings of the oil patch in Michigan prior to when the State began regulating the industry.  This presentation will cover the initial discoveries of oil in Michigan along with how projects were promoted as well as an overview of leasing, drilling and stimulation methods.

If you are an AAPL member, the event is FREE and provides 1 CE credit and for those of you that are non-members, the $60 fee will not only cover your registration cost, but will also cover your membership into the AAPL until the end of June, 2019.  Please see the attached for the registration form or scroll down to the bottom of this email and ‘click’ on the ‘Field Landman Seminar’ for October 25 Fin Grand Rapids.  Please do not hesitate to register as space is limited to 30 attendees! (we have about 10 spaces left)

Details are as follows:

Location: Amway Grand Hotel (Kendall room)

Grand Rapids, MI.

Time: 6 PM – registration & dinner

7 PM – presentation

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Geoscience in Michigan


The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has released its first update of Geoscience in Your State, a series of 50 factsheets which quantify vital contributions of geoscience (earth science) to the economy, environment, and public health and safety of every U.S. state. 

Geoscience is the study of the Earth and the complex geologic, marine, atmospheric, and hydrologic processes that sustain life and the economy. Understanding the Earth’s surface and subsurface, its resources, history, and hazards allows us to develop solutions to critical economic, environmental, health, and safety challenges.

By the numbers: Michigan

9,569 geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed)

767 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal

$2.45 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 2017

36 total disaster declarations, including 11 flood, 8 severe storm, and 6 tornado disasters (1953-2017)

$11.8 milllion: NSF GEO grants awarded in 2017

Click Here to see the full Michigan fact sheet

Our State's Source for Geoscience Information

Michigan Geological Survey
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5241

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MOGA-PAC Golf Outing


The 27th Annual MOGA-PAC Golf Outing was held Thursday, September 13 at Twin Birch Golf Course in Kalkaska, MI. A foggy morning gave way to a beautiful sunny day as 14 teams, 50 players in total, took to the course for the annual scramble followed by a cookout-style dinner. Check out Michigan Oil and Gas Association’s Facebook page for pictures of the event and look for full-coverage of the day in the September Monthly Edition of the Michigan Oil & Gas News. 


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"Better ways need to be found to make pipelines safer, rather than forgo the use of pipelines altogether"


A new opinion piece from Mark J. Perry, a professor of economics at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan and a scholar at The American Enterprise Institute featured in the Detroit News emphasizes the importance of ensuring the protection of the Great Lakes while maintaining the critical infrastructure link between Michigan’s peninsulas. The article stresses the need for safe, reliable energy transportation to fuel everyday life here in Michigan.  

"As a state with one of the most robust pipeline systems, Michigan deserves credit for helping to ensure reliable delivery of oil and natural gas to consumers where and when it is needed. Enbridge’s Line 5 in particular provides a vital link to propane and other energy supplies in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Line 5 delivers more than 500,000 barrels daily of crude oil and natural gas liquids, which are refined into propane. These products heat homes and businesses, fuel vehicles, and power industry"

Visit the Detroit News to see the full piece.

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BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale Generates Nearly $1 Billion in Revenue


The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) third-quarter oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico broke all previous records by grossing nearly $1 billion in bonus bids for 142 parcels. To put it in perspective, revenue from the sale totaled $972,483,619.50 while the previous record sales year, 2008, generated only $408,631,537. 

In addition to the record total bonus bids, the first day of the sale also resulted in a national record for the highest bid for a single parcel, and the highest per-acre bid ever placed. The winning bid for a 1,240-acre parcel in Eddy County was $81,889 per acre, bringing in more than $101.5 million. 

“The results of this sale show the success that comes with sound energy policy that seeks to use working public lands to ensure reliable energy sources and job growth opportunities," said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs Brian Steed."The Administration remains committed to an era of American energy independence through our multiple-use mission that ensures opportunities for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities on healthy and productive public lands.”

The Trump Administration's America First Energy Plan demonstrates the administration's commitment to sustainability developing America's energy and natural resources to achieve American energy dominance. 

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The Battle of Frenchtown


An artist rendering of a Frenchtown re-creation at the proposed River Raisin Heritage Corridor. (Photo: River Raisin National Battlefield Foundation)

Our State has a rich history of settlement and with it, conflict. A newly proposed heritage corridor in the Monroe area will depict what life was like in the area back in 1813 when the Frenchtown settlement covered the area. A recent grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund helps play a crucial role in creating this five-mile-long, $100 million River Raisin Heritage Corridor.

"We call it the untold story of the War of 1812. When people think about the war, they only think of the fires in Washington, D.C.," said Toni Cooper, executive director of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation.


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Gov. Snyder makes initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission

Gov. Rick SNYDER has announced the initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission that was approved by lawmakers in May and signed by the Governor in June of 2018.

Established by Public Act 268 of 2018, the Environmental Permit Review Commission was created within the DEQ to advise the director on disputes related to permits and permit applications.

"This board will work to protect Michigan's environment by having field experts on the committee carefully review all permits to ensure projects are in the best interest of preserving Michigan's resources and environment," Snyder said. “When state leaders make decisions impacting environmental quality, Michiganders deserve full transparency”.

The commission is comprised of 15 members, who must have the equivalent of six years of full-time relevant experience as a practicing engineer, geologist, hydrologist, or hydrogeologist or have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a discipline of engineering or science related to air or water and have the equivalent of eight years of full-time relevant experience.

When a permit application is disputed, the department director may call a panel of three commission members, based on their area of expertise, to form an Environmental Permit Panel to review and advise on permit applications.

The initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission are as follows;   

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Study Finds That Oil and Gas Rigs Could Help At-Risk Corals Survive


(Coral colonies growing around North Sea oil and gas installations. Credit: Lundin Britain Ltd)

Whether man-made or natural, structure is important to freshwater and marine biomes. A team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh believe that structures, like oil rigs, have the potential to aid conservation efforts and help save at-risk corals. Recent findings suggest that "artificial structures from the oil and gas industry support a network of densely connected coral ecosystems that spans hundreds of miles and crosses international borders." 

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, involved researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Heriot-Watt University and BMT Cordah, industry specialists in marine growth surveys.

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DTE breaks ground on the Blue Water Energy Center


(Artists rendering of the DTE Energy's Blue Water Energy Center)

DTE's Blue Water Energy Center, a 1,100 megawatt power plant now under construction in St. Clair County will provide affordable and reliable low-emission electricity for 850,000 homes after its projected completion in 2022. 

"The new, cleaner natural gas power plant will create hundreds of jobs and provide additional revenue that we can put toward improving our roads, schools and other essential services," said St. Clair County Commissioner Jeff Bohm.

"This $1 billion investment is a significant boost to our community and helps assure continued job growth while ensuring we can meet our state's energy needs." 


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