DNR Celebrates 10 Achievements from 2019.

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Enbridge Successfully Retrieves Rod from the Bottom of the Straits of Mackinac

Enbridge has successfully retrieved a 45-foot steel rod that had been used in the recent geotechnical work for the Great Lakes Tunnel Project. The rod had been at the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac since September, when a borehole collapsed during geotechnical work in advance of tunnel construction. The retrieval operation was completed just after Christmas and State officials have been notified.

After continuing to evaluate available options to retrieve the 3-inch diameter rod, Enbridge deployed a specialized underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) from a work barge to retrieve the rod from the lakebed at a depth of 225 feet. The project team worked over the past two weeks to prepare the ROV for retrieval operations. State officials with EGLE were consulted before the ROV was deployed. In November, Enbridge notified EGLE of the issue with the rod on the lakebed. Favorable weather conditions at the Straits in recent weeks prevented the water from icing over, providing Enbridge a window of opportunity to complete this work.  The rod had moved from its original position near the pipeline and was found resting on the west leg of the pipeline. According to Enbridge spokesmen, Ryan Duffy, the rod never posed any safety or environmental risk to Line 5, the water, nor ship traffic in the Straits. 

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Continental Resources CEO, Harold Hamm Responds to Sen. Elizabeth Warren's Comments on Domestic Energy Production

Continental Resources CEO, Harold Hamm talks about the American Energy Renaissance on the Fox Business Show "Mornings with Maria" and invites Sen. Elizabeth Warren to tour oil and gas production so she can better understand the industry 

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"Our domestic energy resurgence is making America an energy and economic superpower. We are keeping hundreds of billions of dollars out of the hands of rogue regimes  and corrupt kleptocracies. In short, the American Energy Renaissance is the largest story in global energy since the discovery of oil in the middle east". -Harold Hamm in his letter to Sen. Elizabeth Warren. 

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How Much Would a Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing Hurt Michigan?

A new report out of the U.S. Chamber's Global Energy Institute examines the economic benefits of the shale revolution and the consequences of ending it with a ban on hydraulic fracturing. The report looks at the U.S. Economy as a whole without the benefits of hydraulic fracturing before diving into state level impacts in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Michigan. 

The Key Findings of the Impact of a Ban on Hydraulic Fracturing Would Have on Michigan (by 2025).

  • Job impacts (in 2025) -516,000
  • GDP Impacts: -$159 Billion
  • Household Income Impacts: -$88 Billion 
  • State and Local Tax Revenues Impacts: -$13.5 Billion
  • Federal Tax Revenues Impacts: -$26.4 Billion 
  • Cost-of-Living Increase (Per Capita): $5,170

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Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board recommends $25 million to enhance public outdoor recreation

The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board has recommended $25.6 million in grant awards for outdoor recreation development and land acquisition projects to the state Legislature.

 60 recreation development projects and 18 land acquisition projects


“The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund is critical in providing people of all ages and abilities with more and better opportunities to experience our state’s woods, water and outdoor heritage,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. “Every year, millions of residents and visitors swim our lakes, hike our forests, bike our trails and connect with the outdoors in dozens of other ways. Trust Fund support, this year and every year, ensures that those experiences are here for current and future generations.”

The board’s recommendations will go to the state Legislature for review as part of the appropriations process. Upon approval, the Legislature will forward a bill for the governor’s signature.

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AAPL Announces Surface Use and Access Seminar

The AAPL will be hosting the ‘Surface Use & Access Seminar’ at the West Bay Beach Resort, 615 E. Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020! Click here for more information 

The one-day event will run from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and the cost is $300 for AAPL members and $425 for non-members.  AAPL members that attendee will receive 6 continuing education credits.



Surface Use and Access is designed to familiarize Land professionals with surface rights and the myriad issues associated with acquiring, exercising and preserving those rights. It focuses on why, when and what rights may be needed, and how to research and protect existing rights. It discusses a variety of surface-related contracts and their use. There is commentary on easement valuation, damage claim investigation and resolution, and the challenges of governmental permitting. Finally, it examines the importance of building relationships with regulatory agencies and the public.


  • Understanding Ownership & Real Property Rights
  • Sources of Property Rights Easement
  • Valuation
  • Surface Damages & Claim Settlement
  • Damage Calculation & Valuation Methodology
  • Interfacing with Public Officials
  • Ethics of Dealing with Regulators & the Public


8:00 am - Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - Morning Session

Module 1 – The Basics: Real Property Ownership

Module 2 – Surface Work: Key Activities and Responsibilities

12:00 pm Lunch (not provided)

1:00 pm Afternoon Session

Module 2 – Key Activities and Responsibilities (continued)

Module 3 – Permitting, Compliance and Dealing with the Public

Module 4 – Key Surface-Related Contracts and Agreements

Bonus Section – How to Deal with Really Difficult Landowners

4:00 pm Adjourn

This popular event is limited to the first 40 paid participants and sells out quickly, so sign up today!

Registration is available through the AAPL education calendar page - visit www.landman.org for more information.  Please note that Professional Development Aid (f/k/a Tuition Assistance) is available for AAPL members.  To apply, please go to the AAPL website (www.landman.org) and click on the ‘Education’ tab and scroll down to the ‘Professional Development Aid’ link – there you will find information about the program and a request form. 

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Rotary Charities of Traverse City Announce $900K in Grants for the 2019 Fall-Cycle

Since its inception in the mid-70s, Rotary Charities of Traverse City has distributed $62,642,407 in grants to organizations and non-profits in Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Benzie, Kalkaska and Antrim counties.

The public foundation was formed following the 1976 discovery of oil and natural gas reserves on property owned by the Traverse City Rotary Club. Rotary Charities distributes the interest income generated from the oil and gas royalties to organizations throughout the five-county region of northwest Michigan.

This year, Rotary Charities of Traverse City announced the recipients of their fall-cycle grants, totaling $933,944.

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Now You can Show Your Support for the Straits Tunnel with Yard Signs!

The Great Lakes. Michigan Jobs Coalition is offering FREE yard signs for our members to show their support for the Straits Tunnel Project. Stop by the MOGA office at 124 West Allegan St. Suite 1610 Lansing, Michigan and pick some up today! Or if you'd like a larger quantity of signs,  call the MOGA office at (517) 487-1092 to arrange delivery. To learn more about the Great Lakes. Michigan Jobs Coalition, or join in support, visit greatlakesmichiganjobs.com.


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New EGLE video digs into Michigan's geology

Michigan's diverse and fascinating geology is the topic of a new MI EnviroMinute video produced by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Michigan's geology features all three types of rock: sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic. Not only is Michigan's geology fascinating, it's also important to the state's economy. Jason Stilger, geologist, explains that the geologists of EGLE's Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division ensure responsible development of Michigan's mineral resources, while protecting the environment, property rights, public health and safety.

Click Here to Watch the Video! 

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EGLE Names Mike Neller Director of Remediation and Redevelopment Division

In a Press Release late last month, EGLE announced Mike Neller will be the new Director of the Department's Remediation and Redevelopment Division

According to the Press Release, Neller, a U.S. Navy veteran who was hired into EGLE in 2018 as manager of the Radiological Protection Section, assumes his new role Dec. 1.


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Michigan Petroleum Directory Now Available!