(Coral colonies growing around North Sea oil and gas installations. Credit: Lundin Britain Ltd)
Whether man-made or natural, structure is important to freshwater and marine biomes. A team of scientists from the University of Edinburgh believe that structures, like oil rigs, have the potential to aid conservation efforts and help save at-risk corals. Recent findings suggest that "artificial structures from the oil and gas industry support a network of densely connected coral ecosystems that spans hundreds of miles and crosses international borders."
The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, involved researchers from the National Oceanography Centre, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, Heriot-Watt University and BMT Cordah, industry specialists in marine growth surveys.
(Artists rendering of the DTE Energy's Blue Water Energy Center)
DTE's Blue Water Energy Center, a 1,100 megawatt power plant now under construction in St. Clair County will provide affordable and reliable low-emission electricity for 850,000 homes after its projected completion in 2022.
"The new, cleaner natural gas power plant will create hundreds of jobs and provide additional revenue that we can put toward improving our roads, schools and other essential services," said St. Clair County Commissioner Jeff Bohm.
"This $1 billion investment is a significant boost to our community and helps assure continued job growth while ensuring we can meet our state's energy needs."
Mark the Date! October 25, 2018 at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan
The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) Field Landman Seminar will feature 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. His 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.
The event is FREE for AAPL Members and provides 1 CE credit. The non-member fee is $60 and will not only cover your registration cost, but will also cover membership into the AAPL until the end of June, 2019.
Space is limited to 30 attendees!
Location: Amway Grand Hotel (Kendall room) Grand Rapids, MI.
Time: 6:00 PM – registration & dinner
7:00 PM – presentation
We may still be 6 months out, but time flies! Michigan's Primaries are to be held on Tuesday August 7, 2018 and the General Election on Tuesday, November 6,2018. Soon enough we will have plenty of new faces in the Michigan Legislature join their more seasoned colleagues. Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry's Legislative Education Day set for February of 2019 will provide a great opportunity to meet with new representatives and reconnect with returning ones.
Your voices in Lansing make a difference! In a term-limited legislature, nothing can compare to having the hard-working men and women who are part of an important industry go to legislative offices with a positive message. Your efforts will make a big difference in creating a more positive tenor in legislative conversations over the next 2 years!
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.
A look back at the 2017 Legislative Education day
Legislative Education Day by the numbers:
- 100 Legislative meetings with legislators and staff
- 80 MOGA/ MAPL/ NMCAPI/ BADDC members attending legislative meetings and events
- Over 50 legislative offices at the cocktail reception
- Over 30 partner organizations, DEQ, and DNR attendees at the cocktail reception, including the Director of the DEQ, the Director of the DNR, the Deputy Director of the DEQ and the Chief of the Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals.
In November of last year, 2017, Enbridge and the State of Michigan entered into an agreement, setting forward a plan to improve coordination between the company and the State for the operation and maintenance of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, while providing enhanced transparency to the citizens of Michigan. The agreement required Enbridge to produce four reports that looked at various aspects of Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac and across Michigan.
These assessments are the result of the coordinated efforts between State-appointed experts, independent consultants and Enbridge and can be found on the PSAB Website, Click Here for More.
The Eighteenth Annual Oilfield Classic, sponsored by the Bay Area Desk & Derrick Club (BADDC) will take place at the Gaylord Country Club west of Gaylord on M-32 on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018.
Registration will be from 8 a.m. until 8:15 a.m., followed by an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. The cost of registration for the four-person, 18-hole scramble is $65 per person, which includes golfing with a cart and lunch.
This year, BADDC will honor NuEnergy Operating founding partner Jeff Smetzer with the club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Tickets for lunch and the award ceremony only are $15.
The Club is looking for hole sponsorships, as well as door prize donations. All proceeds from this event will allow the Bay Area Desk & Derrick Club to further the education of its members and to fund educational scholarships.
The hole sponsorship amount is $200 and includes placement of a tee sign recognizing the supporting company on the course and acknowledgement near the registration table.
Door prize donations may be made in the form of gift cards or monetary donations with which Bay Area Desk & Derrick will purchase gift cards for the event. Contact Betty Wajda at 989-370-0522 by Aug. 10 if you will be bringing a door prize or prizes so that your company may receive the proper acknowledgement for your support. If you are interested in being a hole sponsor or would like BADDC to purchase your door prize donation, please mail checks to: BADD-Oilfield Classic, c/o Betty Wajda, 888 Shaggy Bark, Gaylord, MI 49735, by Aug. 8. Please specify on your check if your donation is for hole sponsorship, door prizes, or both.
Federal pipeline regulators have authorized Enbridge Energy to restore maximum pressure to segments of Line 5 beneath the Straits of Mackinac.The pipeline had been under a pressure restrictions as a precaution following the April Anchor Incident in which the pipeline was dented. Enbridge has completed installation of a composite wrap sleeve on both the East and West pipes to provide a permanent reinforcement over the areas of pipe contacted during the April ATC incident.
According to Enbridge spokesmen Ryan Duffy, “The max pressure limit is back to where it was, but we don’t operate at that pressure anyway. We still are at 150 to 200 psi day-to-day in the straits"
Michigan's oil and gas industry drives Michigan's economy. The Economic Contribution Study conducted my Public Sector Consultants illustrates that fact with abundant clarity.Read more
The results are in for Michigan's Primary Elections. More than 2 million votes were cast yesterday, ensuring this primary broke the state record for voter turnout in an August Primary.
Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won their respective primaries and will face off for Governor during the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
In the U.S. Senate Race, candidate John James defeated Sandy Pensler, 54.7% to 45.3% in the Republican Primary. John James will square off against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow in November.
In the State Senate some interesting highlights include Representative Curt Vanderwall of Ludington winning a hotly contested 3-way Republican Primary for Michigan’s 35th State Senate District. Former State Representative Aric Nesbitt of Lawton, the former House Energy Committee Chair, won the Republican Primary for Michigan’s 26th State Senate District and former State Representative Rick Outman of Six Lakes won the Republican Primary for Michigan’s 33rd State Senate District. All three of these candidates are in important oil patch areas and have been strong supporters of our industry.
On the State House side incumbent Republican Michele Hoitenga of Manton won her primary for Michigan’s 102nd State House District. Hoitenga is a MOGA friend and member, with her family business being in the oil and gas industry. Candidates we will be getting to know include Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann, the Republican candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 101st State House District that Rep. Curt Vanderwall currently represents and Matt Hall of Marshall, the Republican candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 63rd State House District who defeated incumbent Rep. David Maturen. John Cherry Jr. of Flint, son of former Lt. Governor John Cherry, will be the Democratic candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 49th State House District.
MOGA is monitoring races and supporters on both sides of the aisle. One of the key factors in determining success this November will be voter turnout. It is essential we get to know the candidates and help them recognize the importance of Michigan’s oil and gas industry in their community. Candidates will be holding events throughout their districts leading up to the November elections. Stay tuned for more information on candidate events in your community from MOGA and please do not hesitate to reach out if you’d like help connecting with candidates on the issues that matter to you.
Michigan’s Oil and Gas Industry’s Economic Contribution Study is a great piece to share with candidates on both sides of the aisle.
Michigan State House and State Senate Primary results for all 38 State Senate and 110 State House Districts are detailed online, Click Here for Michigan's State House and Senate Primary Results
(Graphic Courtesy of Politico Elections) *Note. Vote totals will continue to increase as more precincts report.
Tuesday August 7, 2018 is Primary Day in Michigan.
Polls are Open Today, Tuesday August, 7th from 7:00 A.M.- 8:00 P.M.
Today is your first chance to weigh in on big races for governor, U.S. Congress, and the State Legislature. Make your voice heard!
Things you should know before you go to the polls:
- Voters aren't allowed to "split their tickets" or cast "straight-party" votes. In the primary, voters must keep their votes to a single party column — either the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian races.
- Voters are banned from wearing or displaying election-related materials at the polls, including clothing, buttons, stickers, pamphlets and fliers. They also can't have them within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place.
- Voters are banned from using video cameras, still cameras and other recording devices at the polls.
- Be prepared to present photo identification, such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card.