NMCAPI Bourbon Tasting Event!

Northern Michigan Chapter API  will be hosting an evening of Bourbon tasting and spirit sampling with speaker Kent Rabish, owner of the Grand Traverse Distillery, who will discuss michigan's growing craft distillery industry. 

Date: Thursday November 1, 2018

Location: VFW Hall
408 Hyde St.
Kalkaska, MI 49646

6:00-7:00 pm Cash Bar
7:00-7:30 pm Dinner

Cost: $25.00 per person + $15.00 membership fee if you are not a member yet.

To register, please contact Jan Bell by email at jbell@aenergy.net or by phone at (231) 369-3569. 

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Oil and Gas in Michigan Pre-1900

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It wasn’t until 1925 that the Saginaw Prospecting Company, headed by James C. Graves, drilled what is considered the state’s first commercial well in Saginaw County. However, the story doesn't start there. As we near the century mark of Michigan’s commercial production of, Doug Elenbaas' presentation titled "A Promoter’s Dream! Michigan’s industry pre-1900" takes a deep drive back into the beginnings of the Michigan Oil Patch, taking a closer look at how projects were promoted and the leasing, drilling and stimulation methods of the time.  

 

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Pipeline Safety Advisory Board Quarterly Meeting Coverage

Pipeline Safety Advisory Board meets Oct. 15 in Lansing

The Michigan’s Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) met and discussed the Enbridge Agreement and its Final Board Report in its quarterly meeting Oct. 15 in Lansing.

The meeting came on the heels of several recent announcements related to the future of Line 5 and an agreement that 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 U.S. Coast Guard has enacted a new “no anchor zone” rule in the Straits of Mackinac. This rule follows a set of temporary emergency rules issued by the Governor after an April 2018 anchor strike incident. In addition, recent legislation approved by the State House made anchoring in the Straits a felony. The rule officially prohibits vessels from anchoring over any charted, submerged cable and pipeline within the "no anchor" area unless the crew has received permission from the Captain of the Port of Sault Ste. Marie, or a designated representative.

Gov. Snyder, in his official statement, thanked the Coast Guard and District Commander Rear Admiral Joanna M. Nunan while affirming that "this is one of many critical measures to provide robust short-term protections as we move forward with our long-term plan of putting Line 5 in a utility tunnel and decommissioning the existing pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac."

Earlier this month, the State of Michigan and Enbridge announced a second agreement on Oct. 3 that gave the go-ahead for the State and Enbridge to pursue further agreements related to a Straits Tunnel that could accommodate a replacement for Line 5 under the Straits. A new final agreement is anticipated sometime in November with an opportunity to comment in December. The next meeting of the PSAB will be Dec. 10, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Lansing. The location has yet to be announced.

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Fall Events Calendar

Register Today for the October 18, 2018 MOGA Meeting at Sojourn Lakeside Resort in Gaylord 

The evening will feature guest speaker Kent Rabish, founder of the Grand Traverse Distillery, who brings with him not only a wealth of knowledge in artisan distilling, but a truck load of locally produced bourbon whiskey and other fine spirits. Taste “Pure Michigan” at its finest with true craft distilling, down to the grain.

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 5 p.m. Reception
6 p.m. Dinner Meeting/Speaker

Sojourn Lakeside Resort
2332 E. Dixon Lake Rd.
Gaylord, MI 49735

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Download the meeting notice and information.


Other Upcoming October Events:

October:

(25) American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) Field Landman Seminar Amway Grand Plaza, Grand Rapids, Mich.

November:

(8) Michigan Association of Professional Landmen (MAPL) General Membership Meeting, 6:00 PM. and Boone's Long Lake Inn in Traverse City, MI.

(12) Bay Area Desk and Derrick Club(BADDC) Meeting at The Cottage in Traverse City.

(29) American Institute of Professional Geologists, Michigan Section (AIPG-Mich.) Annual Meeting, Weber's Inn in Ann Arbor, MI.

(30) Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Office of Minerals Management (OMM), Public Auction of oil and gas lease rights to state of Michigan owned minerals, 8:00 AM. Lansing Center in Lansing, MI. 

December:

(1) Northern Mich. Chapter of API. (NMCAPI) Annual Christmas Party at the Park Place Hotel in Traverse City, MI. Doors will open at 6:00 PM with dinner starting at 7:00 PM. 

(6) Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA) Membership Meeting and Dinner, Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI. 

 

 

 

 

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Register Today for the AAPL Field Landman Seminar in Grand Rapids on Oct. 25

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! (There are only a few spaces 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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Register Today for the Oct. 18th MOGA Meeting at Sojourn Lakeside Resort

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The next meeting of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association will be held on Thursday October 18, 2018 Sojourn Lake Side Resort, 2332 E. Dixon Lake Rd. Gaylord, MI 49735. Join us for fall fun, food, and spirits at Sojourn. With 35 wooded acres, 20 rooms and suites, a great hall, private beach and more, Sojourn takes pride in helping its guests connect with nature, with the past, and with one another. Nestled in the heart of Northern Michigan, the lakeside resort provides a perfect spot take in the beautiful fall colors and enjoy a fun fall evening with MOGA members and guests.

The evening will feature guest speaker Kent Rabish, founder of the Grand Traverse Distillery, who brings with him not only a wealth of knowledge in artisan distilling, but a truck load of locally produced bourbon whiskey and other fine spirits. Taste “Pure Michigan” at its finest with true craft distilling, down to the grain.  

Weather permitting, tables will be set up both inside and out

Please RSVP by Friday, October 12, 2018. Register online at: www.michiganoilandgas.org/events or call 517-487-1092.

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To make hotel reservations please call 989.370.7873.  The room rate is $150 plus tax or for a deluxe suite the rate is $175 plus tax.

Thank you to our event sponsors, Enbridge Energy, Riverside Energy, and Riviera Resources.

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Gov. Makes Initial Appointments to the Environmental Rules Review Committee

Governor Snyder has announced the initial appointments to the Environmental Rules Review Committee (ERRC) that was approved by lawmakers in May and signed by the Governor in June of 2018. The ERRC created within the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget will oversee all of the DEQ’s rulemaking process.

We are excited to announce that the ERRC Committee established by Public Act 267 of 2018, will Include MOGA Director David Maness, president of Maness Petroleum.  He will be representing Michigan’s oil and gas industry alongside others from a variety of stakeholder groups. Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage on our industry’s representative on the Rules Board in next week’s Michigan Oil and Gas News.  

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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

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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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