MI House Passes Bills to Further Protect the Great Lakes

This last week, the State House passed four bills related to the Line 5 pipeline and protection of the Great Lakes. The bills would prohibit anchoring in the straits, install signage warning boaters of the ban and establish sentencing guidelines for violations. The bills also would extend whistleblower protections to people who report boaters who violate the no-anchor zone. These bills passed the house the same day the State announced a second agreement with Enbridge that would allow for the the construction of a tunnel beneath the straits to house a replacement for the Line 5 section there.  

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State of Michigan and Enbridge Announce Second Agreement on Line 5

The Governor’s office has announced a second agreement between the State of Michigan and Enbridge on the Line 5 pipeline. The agreement provides a clear path forward to further protect the Great Lakes while maintaining the critical infrastructure link between Michigan’s peninsulas and protecting families and the real jobs that depend on Line 5 for moving energy to where it’s needed.

The Alternatives Analysis completed this summer concluded that construction of a tunnel beneath the lakebed of the Straits connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, and the placement in the tunnel of a new oil pipeline, was a feasible alternative for replacing the dual pipelines, and would essentially eliminate the risk of adverse impacts that may result from a potential oil spill in the Straits.

The agreement signed on October 3, 2018 gives the go-ahead for the State and Enbridge to pursue further agreements related to the design, construction, operation, management, and maintenance of a Straits Tunnel that could accommodate a replacement for the dual pipelines and potentially house multiple utilities including telecommunications and electric transmission lines.

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Fall 2018 EEM Scholarships Recipents Announced


This summer, the Energy Education for Michigan combined scholarship application received 55 submissions for fall of 2018, nearly doubling in the number of applicants for the second year in a row. In 2017, Energy Education for Michigan (EEM) completed its Scholarship Application Re-vamp with the help of MOGA's Education Committee chaired by Drew Martin. This re-vamp was intended to honor the original intent of the donors to both the James Bigard and Tony Howard Scholarships while increasing the reach of EEM scholarships. A combined, fully online application has accomplished just that.

The Tony Howard Scholarship Fund was established in 2010 in honor of Howard, who died Oct. 11, 2010, following a career in all phases of oil and gas drilling that spanned more than 50 years. While The James Bigard Scholarship Fund was created following the Sept. 16, 2012, passing of Bigard, who built his company from a single drilling rig to a fleet of as many as 13, including the state’s first rated to 20,000 feet.

This year, in addition to the Tony Howard and James Bigard Scholarships, we have the inclusion of The William k. Roth Scholarship Fund. This scholarship was established following the Oct. 16th, 2017 passing of William K. "Bill" Roth, legendary Michigan petroleum geologist and mentor, whose steadfast leadership spanned his 58 year career in Michigan’s Oil and Gas Business.

We are excited to announce the fall 2018 EEM Scholarship recipients. Cutting edge technologies and bright young minds like these will continue to drive Michigan’s industry into the future.


James Bigard Scholarships:

Austin M. Johnson of Onsted is currently studying Exploration Geology at Western Michigan University. Outside of the classroom, he serves as the President of the student chapters of both the Society of Exploration Geologists and American Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is also an active member of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association.

Robert L. Repke of the Galesburg area currently attends Western Michigan University. He is studying chemical engineering with an emphasis on fuel cell technology and has spent the last four summers interning with Consumers Energy in natural gas delivery and pipeline integrity.

Andrew Shoemaker from Pinconning is studying Chemical Engineering at Wayne State University. He is currently doing a co-op with DTE Energy working with their natural gas operations and wants to help increase efficiency of energy production in Michigan while maintaining our state’s natural beauty and being good environmental stewards.


Tony Howard Scholarships:

Jacob North of Ada is majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Energy Science & Policy at the University of Michigan. He is interested in working to expand Michigan’s energy infrastructure and help the state better utilize locally produced natural gas.

Andrew M. Guise of Dexter currently attends the University of Michigan where he is majoring in Computer Science and Applied Statistics. He is interested in using his knowledge of coding to develop software applications that can help Michigan energy producers. 

Keagan Cottick of Pinconning is studying welding Engineering Technology at Ferris State University at is particularly interested in the pipeline industry and the safe transport of clean, efficient energy to Michigan residents. 

Nolan Nowak of Midland is also studying Welding Engineering Technology at Ferris State University. He is currently enlisted in the Michigan Army National Guard and plans to use his degree to work in Michigan’s natural gas supply business where he can directly support energy production in the state.


Bill Roth Scholarships:

Robert Hansen, originally from Gaylord, is studying Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) at Central Michigan University) He is actively pursuing internships in the industry and has connected with Breitburn through Steve Niehaus. His interested in Environmental Health and Safety in our industry stems in part from his parents, both of whom work in the industry.

Mary Clare Griffith, from Battle Creek, attends Western Michigan University where she is studying Geology and Environmental and Sustainability Studies. She is working to become a hydrologist and is interested in helping improve water use in hydraulic fracturing to make the process more efficient, safer, and more affordable.

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Northern Michigan Chapter API Shoot Out


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AAPL Field Landman Seminar Oct. 25 in GR

Space is running out for the ‘Promoter’s Dream!’ 

The AAPL welcomes Doug Elenbaas as he presents ‘A Promoter’s Dream! – Michigan’s Oil Industry pre-1900’.  Mr. Elenbaas is an enthusiastic advocate of Michigan’s energy industry and always delivers intriguing presentations about the history of the Michigan Basin.  For this presentation Doug has completed extensive research on the beginnings of the oil patch in Michigan prior to when the State began regulating the industry.  This presentation will cover the initial discoveries of oil in Michigan along with how projects were promoted as well as an overview of leasing, drilling and stimulation methods.

If you are an AAPL member, the event is FREE and provides 1 CE credit and for those of you that are non-members, the $60 fee will not only cover your registration cost, but will also cover your membership into the AAPL until the end of June, 2019.  Please see the attached for the registration form or scroll down to the bottom of this email and ‘click’ on the ‘Field Landman Seminar’ for October 25 Fin Grand Rapids.  Please do not hesitate to register as space is limited to 30 attendees! (we have about 10 spaces left)

Details are as follows:

Location: Amway Grand Hotel (Kendall room)

Grand Rapids, MI.

Time: 6 PM – registration & dinner

7 PM – presentation

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Geoscience in Michigan


The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has released its first update of Geoscience in Your State, a series of 50 factsheets which quantify vital contributions of geoscience (earth science) to the economy, environment, and public health and safety of every U.S. state. 

Geoscience is the study of the Earth and the complex geologic, marine, atmospheric, and hydrologic processes that sustain life and the economy. Understanding the Earth’s surface and subsurface, its resources, history, and hazards allows us to develop solutions to critical economic, environmental, health, and safety challenges.

By the numbers: Michigan

9,569 geoscience employees (non-federal/self-employed)

767 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal

$2.45 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 2017

36 total disaster declarations, including 11 flood, 8 severe storm, and 6 tornado disasters (1953-2017)

$11.8 milllion: NSF GEO grants awarded in 2017

Click Here to see the full Michigan fact sheet

Our State's Source for Geoscience Information

Michigan Geological Survey
Western Michigan University
1903 W. Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5241

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MOGA-PAC Golf Outing


The 27th Annual MOGA-PAC Golf Outing was held Thursday, September 13 at Twin Birch Golf Course in Kalkaska, MI. A foggy morning gave way to a beautiful sunny day as 14 teams, 50 players in total, took to the course for the annual scramble followed by a cookout-style dinner. Check out Michigan Oil and Gas Association’s Facebook page for pictures of the event and look for full-coverage of the day in the September Monthly Edition of the Michigan Oil & Gas News. 


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"Better ways need to be found to make pipelines safer, rather than forgo the use of pipelines altogether"


A new opinion piece from Mark J. Perry, a professor of economics at the Flint campus of the University of Michigan and a scholar at The American Enterprise Institute featured in the Detroit News emphasizes the importance of ensuring the protection of the Great Lakes while maintaining the critical infrastructure link between Michigan’s peninsulas. The article stresses the need for safe, reliable energy transportation to fuel everyday life here in Michigan.  

"As a state with one of the most robust pipeline systems, Michigan deserves credit for helping to ensure reliable delivery of oil and natural gas to consumers where and when it is needed. Enbridge’s Line 5 in particular provides a vital link to propane and other energy supplies in northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula. Line 5 delivers more than 500,000 barrels daily of crude oil and natural gas liquids, which are refined into propane. These products heat homes and businesses, fuel vehicles, and power industry"

Visit the Detroit News to see the full piece.

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BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale Generates Nearly $1 Billion in Revenue


The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) third-quarter oil and gas lease sale in New Mexico broke all previous records by grossing nearly $1 billion in bonus bids for 142 parcels. To put it in perspective, revenue from the sale totaled $972,483,619.50 while the previous record sales year, 2008, generated only $408,631,537. 

In addition to the record total bonus bids, the first day of the sale also resulted in a national record for the highest bid for a single parcel, and the highest per-acre bid ever placed. The winning bid for a 1,240-acre parcel in Eddy County was $81,889 per acre, bringing in more than $101.5 million. 

“The results of this sale show the success that comes with sound energy policy that seeks to use working public lands to ensure reliable energy sources and job growth opportunities," said BLM Deputy Director for Policy and Programs Brian Steed."The Administration remains committed to an era of American energy independence through our multiple-use mission that ensures opportunities for commercial, recreational, and conservation activities on healthy and productive public lands.”

The Trump Administration's America First Energy Plan demonstrates the administration's commitment to sustainability developing America's energy and natural resources to achieve American energy dominance. 

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The Battle of Frenchtown


An artist rendering of a Frenchtown re-creation at the proposed River Raisin Heritage Corridor. (Photo: River Raisin National Battlefield Foundation)

Our State has a rich history of settlement and with it, conflict. A newly proposed heritage corridor in the Monroe area will depict what life was like in the area back in 1813 when the Frenchtown settlement covered the area. A recent grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund helps play a crucial role in creating this five-mile-long, $100 million River Raisin Heritage Corridor.

"We call it the untold story of the War of 1812. When people think about the war, they only think of the fires in Washington, D.C.," said Toni Cooper, executive director of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation.


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