(8) COPAS Happy Hour and Networking at the Cambria Suites, Traverse City from 3:30-6:00p.m.
(14) NMC API Dinner at the Kalkaska VFW Hall featuring guest Speaker, CORE Energy's Bob Mannes, where the evenings topic of conversation and presentation will be all about CO2 Flooding. Admission is $25 per person, and includes a home made meal provided by the Women’s Auxiliary. Cash or credit cards accepted. Casual Dress
6pm-7pm will be cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7pm-8:30p will be dinner and guest speaker
Please RSVP to Jan Bell at JBell@aenergy.net no later Wednesday the 13th by 5pm to reserve your seat.
(22) AAPL will be hosting a ‘Due Diligence Seminar’ at the Park Place Hotel (Torch Room) in Traverse City, Michigan, on Friday, March 22, 2019! The one-day event will run from 8:45 A.M. to 3 P.M. and the cost is $300 for AAPL members and $425 for non-members. AAPL members that attendee will receive 5 continuing education credits. Click here to register.
(19) NMC API Spring shoot at the Northland Sportsman club in Gaylord, Michigan on May 10th, 2019. Entry is limited to the first 75 people. Teams may consist of up to 5 people. If you don’t have a team and want to shoot, we will place you with a Team. Contact Collette Hoeft at email@example.com to register.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will be Restructured into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced a second Executive Order (EO 2019-6) intended to restructure the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE). Under EO 2019-6, The Environmental Rules Board and the Environmental Permit Review Panels/ Commissions that were put in place by the legislature last year would be kept intact under this proposed restructure. New offices created within the restructured department include; Climate and Energy, Clean Water Public Advocate, and Environmental Justice Public Advocate.
On her first full day in office, Governor Whitmer requested an opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel on the constitutionality of the law that created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and the on the Authority's approval of the Agreement.
According the the letter submitted to the AG's office, The Governor is questioning whether the new law violates the Michigan Constitution in several ways, including;
- Whether the amended law violates a statute that requires the main focus of an act to be reflected in the title.
- Whether the six-year appointments of corridor authority board members violate a constitutional requirement limiting appointments to four-year terms.
- Whether the amended law violates parts of the Michigan Constitution related to tunnel construction and operation.
- Whether the law constitutes a special or local act when it should have been created under a general act.
- Whether the new authority possesses more power than it is entitled to by law or the Constitution.
- Whether the authority and its actions are invalid if the authority is found to violate state law or the state Constitution.
In the process of forming an opinion, Nessel asked for briefs or legal memos from interested parties on the questions Whitmer raised.
Fast forward to today, March 1st, Mlive has released an article on the legal briefs submitted thus far to the AG's office. MLive filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the responses. Nessel’s office responded with seven responses from five groups or individuals.
Although the groups disagree on several aspects, it seems that they reach a concensus that the provision for the six-year terms for members of the new Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority is unconstitutional. The Michigan constitution states “Terms of office of any board or commission... shall not exceed four years except as otherwise authorized in this constitution.”
Public Act 359 put members of the newly-created authority in place for six years, a direct contradiction to the four the constitution allows.
In response, Jim Holcomb, executive vice president of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, said that group’s brief also pointed out the six-year term could be a violation of the constitution. But, he said, “it doesn’t mean the statute is invalid.”He argued based on previous cases and attorney general opinions, that part of the statute was severable, meaning the rest of the law could stand even if that one portion were found to be unconstitutional.
Attorney General Dana Nessel is expected to consider these briefs as she works to form an opinion on the law's constitionality. Stay tuned for more updates and visit Mlive to see the full article and briefs.
With your help, we were able to get a positive touch with all 148 legislative offices on one of the busiest days in Lansing. Working together to educate new and returning leaders on our industry, we've cultivated a positive platform for continued discussions with our elected leaders.
By the Numbers:
- 60+ MOGA Members and Partner Association Legislative Day Attendees.
- 134 Meetings with Legislative Offices.
- Over 50 Legislative offices, Department leaders, and heads of partner associations attended the legislative reception.
Members sat down with House and Senate leadership on both sides of the aisle and shared the positive impact of our industry with committee chairs and committee members on nearly a dozen committees in the legislature. The 14 remaining legislative offices that we were not able to meet with still received packets of information, showcasing the positive impact of Michigan’s oil and gas industry on the state and in their communities. This ensured that all 45 new State Representatives, 29 new State Senators, returning legislators, and legislative staffers were provided the benefits of our home state energy production, before joining us for the cocktail reception at the Radisson.
We encourage you to stay connected to your elected officials throughout the year by attending local coffee hours or in-district events in your hometown. These are great opportunities to continue to build real relationships with your elected officials.
Please don't forget to fill out and send in your legislative meeting report forms or simply send us any notes or questions you received during the day.This is important way for us to keep our notes organized and pool our collaborative efforts. If you'd like additional report forms, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send more.
Thank you for supporting a Great Industry in a Great State!
Michigan Oil and Gas Industry's Legislative Education Day 2019
Wednesday February 20, 2019.
Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
This webinar will help attendees get prepped and ready to succeed as an advocate for our industry.
Many of the materials that show the positive impact of Michigan's oil and gas industry may be found below
Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry: Economic Contribution Study and Powerpoint
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the restructuring of the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) through a series of Executive Orders. New offices created within the restructured department include; Climate and Energy, Clean Water Public Advocate, and Environmental Justice Public Advocate.Read more
Last week, The Gaylord Herald Times won Michigan's Newspaper of the Year, in its class, at the Michigan Press Association's annual convention in Grand Rapids. Among the numerous staff members that received awards, Reporter Arielle Breen was awarded first-place in the News Enterprise Reporting category for her five part series on Michigan’s oil and gas industry in Otsego County.The series, "After The Boom", released in the fall of 2017, looked at the rich history and bright future of oil and natural gas in Otsego County.
The full series is archived on the Gaylord Herald Times website
The Polar Vortex grabbed headlines this week as the plummeting temperatures across the Midwest shattered low temperature records in several Michigan cities. Many school districts and state offices closed this week because of the dangerous wind chills, dipping to nearly forty below. So how have Michiganders stayed warm? The answer, more than likely, is natural gas.
More than three-fourths of Michigan households use natural gas as their primary source for home heating. Michigan routinely ranks among the top 5 states in residential use of natural gas and in the top 10 for total gas consumption. Although the Antrim Field in the northern Lower Peninsula is one of the nation’s top 100 natural gas fields, Michigan’s home state energy producers can only meet a fraction of the state’s demand. Here is where Michigan’s energy infrastructure plays a critical role in keeping us warm and safe. Several interstate pipelines cross the state, bringing natural gas to Michigan consumers on the way to other markets in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Natural gas enters the state from Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Michigan also receives natural gas imports by pipeline from Canada, most of it arriving at St. Clair, Port Huron, and Detroit.
Our state has the largest underground natural gas storage capacity in the nation, holding more than one-tenth of the U.S. total. We also rank second-largest in the number of natural gas storage fields after Pennsylvania. During high demand periods in the winter months, like this, natural gas is withdrawn from the state's storage.
So why is one of our state’s largest utilities asking Michiganders to turn down their thermostats during the polar vortex?
On Wednesday, January 30th, Consumers Energy experienced a fire at its natural gas compressor station in Macomb County. The facility supplies 64 percent of the natural gas in Michigan, and despite crews bringing one of the units back online Wednesday, the plant can produce only a portion of its typical output according to the company.
In a public statement, Consumers CEO, Patti Pope said the company anticipates demand reaching 3.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas, far above the 1.25 billion cubic feet seen on a typical winter day. Wednesday's usage was 3.3 billion cubic feet, she said. "This truly is an unprecedented crisis," she said. "We have never been in this situation before."
The utility has tapped into reserve supplies, activating natural gas peaking storage fields in Northville and St. Clair County but has asked customers to reduce consumed to avoid overburdening the system.
As Pope puts it, "We have plenty of gas stored, we just can't get it out of the ground to bring to our customers because the equipment that delivers it is what is damaged."
Extreme weather events like this demonstrate the importance of our state’s energy infrastructure as Michigan’s home state oil and gas industry works to provides secure, affordable and reliable energy to keep homes and families warm and safe.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued the first permit for the Line 5 Tunnel project on Tuesday, January 22nd. The permit allows Enbridge to take soil and rock samples from the Straits, in order to determine how to best construct the tunnel. Enbridge Spokesmen, Ryan Duffy says the company will also need a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which they have not received yet, before they can start collecting samples.
Stay Tuned for more updates as the tunnel project permitting gets underway.
Republican and Democratic Senate leadership has released the committee assignment roster for 2019-2020. The assignments are as follows:
Energy and Technology -- Lauwers (Chair), Horn (Vice Chair), LaSata, Nesbitt, Barrett, Bumstead, Outman, McCann (Minority Vice Chair), Brinks, McMorrow
Environmental Quality -- Outman (Chair), Daley (Vice Chair), Johnson, VanderWall, McBroom, Bayer (Minority Vice Chair), Brinks
Local Government -- Zorn (Chair), Johnson (Vice Chair), Daley, Alexander (Minority Vice Chair), Moss
Natural Resources -- McBroom (Chair), Bumstead (Vice Chair), Outman, Schmidt, McCann
Appropriations -- Stamas (Chair), Bumstead (Vice Chair), Barrett, Bizon, LaSata, MacDonald, MacGregor, Nesbitt, Outman, Runestad, Schmidt, Victory, Hertel (Minority Vice Chair), Bayer, Hollier, Irwin, McCann, Santana
Natural Resources and Environmental Quality -- Bumstead (Chair), f (Vice Chair), Victory, McCann (Minority Vice Chair), BayerRead more