ERIN McDONOUGH, MOGA PRESIDENT AND CEO
The Michigan Oil and Gas Association has learned that Scott Pruitt has been officially confirmed as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency.Read more
Pres. Donald Trump signed his first bill into law this week and it was legislation sponsored by Michigan Rep. Bill Huizenga. The law revers a provision of the Dodd-Frank law requiring oil and gas companies to reveal certain financial information.Read more
Join us Wed. February 15 for the MI Crude Oil and Natural Gas Legislative Education Day!
As an industry, we have a powerful message as evidenced by the research contained in our recently commissioned economic impact study (Michigan's Oil and Natural Gas Industry: Economic Contribution) The Legislative Education Day launch this past May was an important step in working to re-frame our industry at the administrative and legislative level and to take control of the story that is told about us.Read more
ERIN McDONOUGH, PRESIDENT AND CEO
If you needed a reminder to attend the February 15 Legislative Education Day, this is it.
As the newly elected Michigan House members work hard to assign committee assignments, make connections and set priorities, some old legislation geared toward hindering private property rights has been reintroduced.Read more
By Erin McDonough
On January 24, 2017 President Trump signed two Executive Orders designed to revive and expedite the approval for Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline, both of which were denied permits under the previous administration.
Specifically, the EO calls on the U.S. Army Corp to “review and approve in an expedited manner” the Dakota Access Pipeline. TransCanada, Keystone XL’s backer is invited to reapply for its permit, with a call for the State Department to make a decision within 60 days. A key provision is that these companies are both directed to use as much U.S. materials in construction as possible.
By Scott Bellinger
Michigan Oil and Gas News
LANSING, Mich. — Changes in the organizational structure of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that take effect on Jan. 15, will see the Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals — which has primary regulatory authority over the permitting and drilling of oil and gas and mineral wells in the state — upgraded to the status of a division within DEQ.Read more
By ERIN McDONOUGH, MOGA PRESIDENT & CEO
This week's annual state Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference outlined the projections that went into to laying out the budget numbers state legislators will work with moving forward. While overall projections were cautiously optimistic, the message was to expect growth to be slow.
A pair of projects coordinated by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy will receive a substantial influx of funding next year thanks to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.Read more
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board recently reccomended more than $47.6 million in grants for public recreation -- funds provided by Michigan's oil and gas industry.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a statement applauding the MNRTF board for its efforts.