Protecting the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are essential to Michigan. So is safe, reliable energy. Agreements with Enbridge to build a utility tunnel deep in the bedrock will essentially eliminate the risk of an oil spill at the Straits, provide energy security, and better connect our peninsulas. 


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2018 Midterm Election Results are in!

2018 Midterm Election Results 

Democrat Gretchen Whitmer will be the next Governor of Michigan after defeating Republican challenger Bill Schuette. Whitmer, a former Senate Minority Leader will be joined by former Detroit city official Garlin Gilchrist II as the next Lieutenant Governor. Other notable positions include new Secretary of State Joceyln Benson (D) and new Attorney General Dana Nessel (D).

In the legislature, at the State level, Republicans maintain the majority in the State House and State Senate. Republicans will hold 22 of 38 MI Senate seats and 58 of 110 MI House seats in the next legislature beginning in January of 2019. 



At the National level, while the Democrats have captured the majority in the House of Representatives, Republicans solidified their majority in the Senate. From Michigan, U.S Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) secured her 4th term in a tight race against Republican John James. In the U.S. House, Democrats flipped seats in Michigan's 8th and 11th congressional districts. In the 8th, Democrat Elissa Slotkin defeated Republican incumbent Mike Bishop and in the 11th district, Democrat Haley Stevens defeated Republican Lena Epstein. 

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Join the election update conference call next Wednesday, November 14 at 2:00pm for more in depth coverage on Michigan's new legislature and what it may mean for you. Register Now!

Register Today for an Update on Michigan's New Legislature

Wednesday Nov. 14 Join the Michigan Oil and Gas Association's Industry Advocates for a Post-Election Update with Bret Marr, Member of Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates (MHSA). Get an in-depth look at Michigan's new Legislature and what it may mean for you.


Bret Marr joined MHSA in 2003, and became a member of Muchmore Harrington Smalley & Associates, LLC in 2015. Prior to that, he successfully served as Director of Legislative Affairs for former Governor John Engler. Bret served as the primary contact between the Michigan Legislature and Governor Engler on legislative and appropriations issues. Bret coordinated Michigan’s electric restructuring plan in the Legislature as well as the rewrite of Michigan’s Telecommunications Act. He also shepherded numerous changes to Michigan’s tax structure, including a rewrite of the Brownfield program and streamlining of the tax reverted property process. He is consistently voted one of Lansing’s top lobbyists.

Register Now for the call on Wednesday Nov. 14, 2018 at 2:00pm ET.  

**Conference Call-in Information will be provided to Registrants prior to the event

2019 Michigan Oil and Gas Industry Legislative Education Day

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Michigan Oil and Gas Industry's Legislative Education Day, set to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol. The event will provide a great opportunity to meet with new representatives and reconnect with returning ones.

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Webinar: GeoScience for Community Priorities


AGI's next free Critical Issues webinar, Geoscience for Community Priorities, will be held on Wednesday November 14, 2018, at 2:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM PST.

Experts in geoscience communication, education, and engagement will discuss a variety of different techniques, media, and principles for more effective communication and collaboration between community leaders, decision makers, and geoscientists. For more information, 

To register for this webinar, visit:

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Michigan Economic Update


According to National experts, Michigan has demonstrated strong economic growth over the past year, driven by impressive growth in mining, logging, and construction employment. 

  •  Michigan’s mining, logging, and construction industry has led employment growth since the President was
    elected, increasing by over 10 percent.
  • Total manufacturing employment in Michigan has increased by over 2.4 percent since President Trump
    was elected rising to 624,200 total employees.
  • Utility rates have been reduced for at least 3.6 million Michigan customers as a direct result of the Tax
    Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump last year.

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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 or by phone at (231) 369-3569. 

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Oil and Gas in Michigan Pre-1900


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


Download the meeting notice and information.

Other Upcoming October Events:


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


(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. 


(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


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: 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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