A lawsuit filed by the City of Southfield was thrown out of Oakland County Circuit Court this week, upholding the Department of Environmental Quality's authority to determine what is and isn't an acceptable drill site.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, the Michigan Agency for Energy, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Natural Resources has announced that Det Norske Veritas (U.S.A.), Inc. and Dynamic Risk Assessment Systems, Inc. were selected to conduct the independent risk analysis and alternatives analysis for the Enbridge Line 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac.Read more
The Michigan Oil and Gas Association recently provided its support to the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and 11 oil and natural gas producer associations in comments submitted to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on its notice of proposed rulemaking on Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines.Read more
Beginning October 1, recording fees for titles will be set at a single flat amount of $30, regardless of the number of pages.Read more
Thank you for all of those that helped make our Michigan Oil And Gas Industry Legislative Education Day a success! Many legislators and offices have reached out to express their appreciation for the opportunity to meet with and hear from you!
It's hard to believe in this day of technology that just 10 percent of the state of Michigan has been geologically surveyed -- but it's true. That may be about to change and Michigan's oil and gas resources will benefit because of it.Read more
An effort by a small group of anti-hydraulic fracturing supporters has failed again.
At a gathering in Lansing yesterday, the Committee to Ban Michigan Fracking announced that for the third time in as many tries, it had failed to receive enough signature support from Michigan's residents to place the issue on the 2016 ballot.
The moral of this third failed attempt is clear: Michigan's residents do not support a ban and the data is clear that hydraulic fracturing is a safe and effective use of our natural resources
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently has completed an assessment of inspection reports for Enbridge’s Line 5 at the Mackinac Straits – reviewing inspection reports dating back to 1998. PHMSA engaged Lamontagne Pipeline Assessment Corporation to conduct the independent review. The review was initiated in response to concerns among Michigan residents and leaders regarding the age of the Line 5 pipeline. Click here to access the full report, posted on PHMSA’s website.
Few truly like to spend more when filling their vehicle. Few really enjoy seeing a higher utility bill.
But everyone likes a thriving economy in Michigan.
This blog entry from Michigan Radio does a top-notch job of explaining why higher oil prices actually means a better state of Michigan's economy.Read more
Michigan's oil and gas industry drives Michigan's economy. The Economic Contribution Study conducted my Public Sector Consultants illustrates that fact with abundant clarity.Read more