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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Cheboygan County follows Grand Traverse Co. and others in passing resolutions in support of Line 5 Tunnel

On Tuesday, August 27, 2019. Cheboygan County Commissioners voted to approve a resolution in support of the construction of a new tunnel to house a replacement pipeline for Line 5 through the Straits. In addition to the tunnel, the resolution calls for there to be no interruption in service while the tunnel work is completed. Cheboygan follows Delta, Dickinson, Houghton, Iron, Gogebic, Ontonagon and Grand Traverse counties in passing nearly identical resolutions in support of the tunnel project.

Although the counties do not have jurisdiction over the tunnel project, the resolutions indicate that these local leaders understand the importance of the tunnel to their residents. Whether it’s the taxes into the local economy, the good paying jobs the project will provide, or the much needed energy supply, the tunnel solution provides certainty that a vital, safe and well-maintained piece of transportation infrastructure will continue to support Michigan communities, while safeguarding our state’s waters. Michigan businesses and residents depend on the certainty the tunnel will provide, with the safe, continued operation of the pipeline.

Additional local governments that have passed resolutions in support of the Line 5 Tunnel include Ford River Township in Delta County and the cities of Norway in Dickinson County and Negaunee in Marquette County.

The tunnel project is currently in the planning and pre-construction phase. The geotechnical work underway is needed to keep the project on schedule. The information gathered over the next few months will help inform the detailed engineering plans and determine the design of the boring machine that must be custom made for the tunnel project.

Click here to see the Cheboygan Co. Tunnel Resolution 

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MOGA Showcases the Industry's Community Contributions

Each year, The Michigan Association of Counties Conference provides a great opportunity to get in front of local leaders from all 83 Michigan Counties. This annual event brings together Michigan’s County Commissioners and other communities leaders for three days of workshops, networking, and policy discussion.  In all, Michigan has 622 County Commissioners, the majority of whom attend this event. This year’s event was held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan over the last weekend.

MOGA has exhibited at this event for several years, and seized the opportunity again this year, as it provides a unique platform with which to share the great work our industry does in counties across the state. In addition to showcasing Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and the industry’s positive economic impact across the state, we’ve been able to speak on Michigan’s critical infrastructure and the importance of ensuring the safe transport of energy to meet the needs of Michiganders. Continued outreach and communication with Michigan’s local leaders helps us stay connected with community.

To learn more about the incredible things MOGA members are doing in the community, visit michiganoilandgas.org/ moga-in-your-community 


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"Exploring a Career in the Minerals Industry" Webinar


The Geological Society of America (GSA) will be hosting a free webinar entitled "Exploring a Career in the Minerals Industry" on Wednesday, 21 August 2019, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.

To register for this free event, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8892842747569519875

This webinar will feature two presenters from Newmont Goldcorp who will provide perspectives of a senior project manager and a student near graduation on what a geologist does in this important sector and what it takes to work within this industry.

Terry Briggs, General Manager, Newmont Goldcorp
Elaine Lord, Intern, Newmont Goldcorp

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Initial Statewide Energy Assessment

The Initial Statewide Energy Assessment has been submitted to Gov. Whitmer and is now available online Michigan Statewide Energy Assessment Initial 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.

The Initial report has found that Michigan’s energy supply and delivery systems are adequate to meet customer needs. The report also makes 36 recommendations for the MPSC, regulated utilities, policymakers, and others which would add resiliency to the state’s energy systems.

“This detailed State Energy Assessment provided the opportunity for the Commission to examine whether Michigan’s residents and businesses are able to receive safe and reliable energy service during times of great challenges due to abnormal weather and untimely system failures,” said Sally Talberg, chairman of the Commission. “The Commission Staff examined both shortcomings and strengths of the electricity, natural gas, and propane sectors. Overall, the energy system is strong, but would benefit from increased resilience, strengthened infrastructure interconnections, and improved communication.”

Statewide Energy Assessment Fact Sheet

A final report is due to the Governor by Sept. 13. 

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The Critical Role of Energy Infrastructure

A recent opinion piece featured in The Detroit News drives home the important role that energy infrastructure plays in our daily lives.The featured writer, Brigham McCown, is a domestic and foreign policy expert who has held senior posts in three presidential administrations, multiple presidential campaigns, and two presidential transition teams. He previously led the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and teaches ethics, law and foreign policy and at Miami University. While the focus of the piece is Line 5, the author acknowledges the role that pipelines play in energy transportation across the nation. in fact, "Nearly two-thirds of all energy we use on a daily basis is delivered through America’s 2.8 million miles of pipelines. This critical infrastructure is not optional, it is required to safely and efficiently transport the energy supplies the country requires".

Interested in reading more? Visit The Detroit News to see the full opinion piece


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Kal-Haven Heritage Trail Unveils 31 New Exhibit Signs with Ribbon Cuttings


On Saturday, August 3rd, The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting a celebration for the installation of 31 exhibit signs along the Kal-Haven State Park trail with two ribbon cutting ceremonies. 

The first will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Kal-Haven trail head on 10th Street, north of H Avenue in Oshtemo Township (near Kalamazoo) and the second at 1:00p.m. in South Haven at the trail head, located near the intersection of E Wells St. and Bailey Ave.

The public is encouraged to attend one or both and discover the areas unique history through the new signs developed by the Michigan History Center in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Division of the Department of Natural Resources.

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Annual MAPL Golf Outing to be held on Friday August 16th at Bucks Run in Mount Pleasant

It's time for the Annual MAPL Golf Outing! After a very wet spring and early summer, Mother Nature has finally provided us with some weather suitable for playing golf!

This year's outing will return to beautiful Bucks Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The four person best ball scramble will be held on Friday, August 16. If you can't get a team together and would still like to play, we will do our best to find a group for you to play with. If you don't play golf and would like to stop out for lunch, we would love to have you!

Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. After you get registered you can fuel up at the hot breakfast buffet. Then, head out to the driving range to get dialed in and make those side bets prior to the shotgun start at 10:00 AM.

After golf has concluded, lunch will be served, followed by the awards ceremony. Awards will be given for Lowest team score, Longest Drive, Longest Putt and a few other surprises. We will also have some nice door prizes to give away as well!

So, if you haven't already, dust off those golf clubs, get a team together and come out and have some fun!

Lunch and Golf: $100

Golf only: $80

Lunch only: $25

Click Here to Register Today!

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Officials Approve St. Clair River Crossing Replacement Project

On July 12, 2019, Canada’s National Energy Board approved Enbridge’s Line 5 St. Clair River crossing replacement project. This follows on the heels of the vote taken June 24th, by the Marysville City Council, who voted unanimously to approve the contract with Enbridge.  The existing St. Clair River crossing stretches approximately 3,000 feet across the river and sits just under the river bed. Beginning in September/October of 2019, Enbridge will directionally drill and then pull through a new pipeline 32 feet below the bottom of the St. Clair River. The project is estimated to create about 30 construction jobs and will cost $8 million to $10 million.

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Governor Whitmer Appoints Tremaine Phillips to MPSC

On Wednesday, Jul 17th, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her appointment of Tremaine Phillips to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Phillips will replace Norm Saari who was appointed by Snyder in 2015. Saari's term came to a close July 2nd, 2019. Phillips term will run through July 2, 2025, once confirmed by the State Senate. Termaine Phillips is now the second appointment to the MPSC made by Gov. Whitmer, after the Governor appointed Dan Scripps in February of 2019. 

Phillips is currently the director of the Cincinnati 2030 District and the former vice president of strategic initiatives for Empower Gas and Electric, LLC, according to the Governor's office. He formerly served as the assistant deputy director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, as well as in an energy program association with the Michigan Environmental Council, and as an intern with the White House Council on Environmental Quality.He earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University, and his Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management and Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University.

"Tremaine’s experience ranges from the utility sector, state government and clean energy advocacy," the Governor said. "His diverse background will give him the knowledge and insight to be successful in his new role and is supported by a broad array of stakeholders from environmental groups to business organizations."

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