Each year, The Michigan Association of Counties Conference provides a great opportunity to get in front of local leaders from all 83 Michigan Counties. This annual event brings together Michigan’s County Commissioners and other communities leaders for three days of workshops, networking, and policy discussion. In all, Michigan has 622 County Commissioners, the majority of whom attend this event. This year’s event was held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan over the last weekend.
MOGA has exhibited at this event for several years, and seized the opportunity again this year, as it provides a unique platform with which to share the great work our industry does in counties across the state. In addition to showcasing Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects and the industry’s positive economic impact across the state, we’ve been able to speak on Michigan’s critical infrastructure and the importance of ensuring the safe transport of energy to meet the needs of Michiganders. Continued outreach and communication with Michigan’s local leaders helps us stay connected with community.
To learn more about the incredible things MOGA members are doing in the community, visit michiganoilandgas.org/ moga-in-your-community
The Geological Society of America (GSA) will be hosting a free webinar entitled "Exploring a Career in the Minerals Industry" on Wednesday, 21 August 2019, at 11:00 a.m. MDT.
To register for this free event, please visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8892842747569519875
This webinar will feature two presenters from Newmont Goldcorp who will provide perspectives of a senior project manager and a student near graduation on what a geologist does in this important sector and what it takes to work within this industry.
Terry Briggs, General Manager, Newmont Goldcorp
Elaine Lord, Intern, Newmont Goldcorp
The Initial Statewide Energy Assessment has been submitted to Gov. Whitmer and is now available online Michigan Statewide Energy Assessment Initial Report. In January of 2019, the polar vortex and fire at the Ray Compressor Station prompted the Governor to request the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to undertake a statewide review of the supply, engineering, and deliverability of natural gas, electricity, and propane systems, as well as contingency planning related to those systems.
The Initial report has found that Michigan’s energy supply and delivery systems are adequate to meet customer needs. The report also makes 36 recommendations for the MPSC, regulated utilities, policymakers, and others which would add resiliency to the state’s energy systems.
“This detailed State Energy Assessment provided the opportunity for the Commission to examine whether Michigan’s residents and businesses are able to receive safe and reliable energy service during times of great challenges due to abnormal weather and untimely system failures,” said Sally Talberg, chairman of the Commission. “The Commission Staff examined both shortcomings and strengths of the electricity, natural gas, and propane sectors. Overall, the energy system is strong, but would benefit from increased resilience, strengthened infrastructure interconnections, and improved communication.”
A final report is due to the Governor by Sept. 13.Read more
A recent opinion piece featured in The Detroit News drives home the important role that energy infrastructure plays in our daily lives.The featured writer, Brigham McCown, is a domestic and foreign policy expert who has held senior posts in three presidential administrations, multiple presidential campaigns, and two presidential transition teams. He previously led the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and teaches ethics, law and foreign policy and at Miami University. While the focus of the piece is Line 5, the author acknowledges the role that pipelines play in energy transportation across the nation. in fact, "Nearly two-thirds of all energy we use on a daily basis is delivered through America’s 2.8 million miles of pipelines. This critical infrastructure is not optional, it is required to safely and efficiently transport the energy supplies the country requires".
Interested in reading more? Visit The Detroit News to see the full opinion piece
On Saturday, August 3rd, The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be hosting a celebration for the installation of 31 exhibit signs along the Kal-Haven State Park trail with two ribbon cutting ceremonies.
The public is encouraged to attend one or both and discover the areas unique history through the new signs developed by the Michigan History Center in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Division of the Department of Natural Resources.
It's time for the Annual MAPL Golf Outing! After a very wet spring and early summer, Mother Nature has finally provided us with some weather suitable for playing golf!
This year's outing will return to beautiful Bucks Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The four person best ball scramble will be held on Friday, August 16. If you can't get a team together and would still like to play, we will do our best to find a group for you to play with. If you don't play golf and would like to stop out for lunch, we would love to have you!
Registration will begin at 8:30 AM. After you get registered you can fuel up at the hot breakfast buffet. Then, head out to the driving range to get dialed in and make those side bets prior to the shotgun start at 10:00 AM.
After golf has concluded, lunch will be served, followed by the awards ceremony. Awards will be given for Lowest team score, Longest Drive, Longest Putt and a few other surprises. We will also have some nice door prizes to give away as well!
So, if you haven't already, dust off those golf clubs, get a team together and come out and have some fun!
Lunch and Golf: $100
Golf only: $80
Lunch only: $25Read more
On July 12, 2019, Canada’s National Energy Board approved Enbridge’s Line 5 St. Clair River crossing replacement project. This follows on the heels of the vote taken June 24th, by the Marysville City Council, who voted unanimously to approve the contract with Enbridge. The existing St. Clair River crossing stretches approximately 3,000 feet across the river and sits just under the river bed. Beginning in September/October of 2019, Enbridge will directionally drill and then pull through a new pipeline 32 feet below the bottom of the St. Clair River. The project is estimated to create about 30 construction jobs and will cost $8 million to $10 million.Read more
On Wednesday, Jul 17th, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced her appointment of Tremaine Phillips to the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). Phillips will replace Norm Saari who was appointed by Snyder in 2015. Saari's term came to a close July 2nd, 2019. Phillips term will run through July 2, 2025, once confirmed by the State Senate. Termaine Phillips is now the second appointment to the MPSC made by Gov. Whitmer, after the Governor appointed Dan Scripps in February of 2019.
Phillips is currently the director of the Cincinnati 2030 District and the former vice president of strategic initiatives for Empower Gas and Electric, LLC, according to the Governor's office. He formerly served as the assistant deputy director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG) under former Gov. Jennifer Granholm, as well as in an energy program association with the Michigan Environmental Council, and as an intern with the White House Council on Environmental Quality.He earned his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy from Michigan State University, and his Master of Arts in Public Policy and Management and Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University.
"Tremaine’s experience ranges from the utility sector, state government and clean energy advocacy," the Governor said. "His diverse background will give him the knowledge and insight to be successful in his new role and is supported by a broad array of stakeholders from environmental groups to business organizations."
In a joint statement, state Reps. Brian Elder, D-Bay City; Tenisha Yancey, D-Harper Woods; Wendell Byrd, D-Detroit; John Chirkun, D-Roseville; Terry Sabo, D-Muskegon; and Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, said they were “deeply disappointed” by the AG's legal action against Line 5, adding the legal battle “guarantees the status quo.”
Stop the Line 5 law suit and start the Tunnel.
A Joint statement by members of the Michigan Legislature
LANSING — Public Act 359 of 2018 passed the Michigan Legislature last December creating the
Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority to oversee the construction and management of a utility tunnel
to modernize the oil and gas pipeline through the Straits of Mackinac and house Enbridge Energy’s
Line 5. Attorney General Dana Nessel filed a lawsuit to terminate the operation of the existing
pipeline. In response, the undersigned members of the Michigan Legislature issued the following
We, the undersigned, are deeply disappointed in Attorney General Dana Nessel’s action in initiating
a lawsuit to end the operation of Line 5, with no alternative, after the issue had been resolved
through an appropriate compromise.
Public Act 359 of 2018, passed by the Michigan Legislature last December and signed into law,
tasked the newly founded Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority with overseeing construction and
management of a utility tunnel to modernize the passage of oil and gas. The concrete-walled tunnel
is to be placed approximately 100 feet below the lake bed, reducing the risk of a spill in
the Straits to zero. Enbridge would pay for the construction and operation of the
tunnel. This law solved a problem, through a reasonable compromise, created jobs and
actually shut down the existing Line 5.
The Attorney General’s lawsuit actually guarantees the status quo. This lawsuit will create a
lengthy, expensive legal battle that could take a decade or more to decide, all the while leaving
an aging pipeline lying on the bed of the Straits of Mackinac, until all possible appeals are
Line 5 continues to be a critical source of 540,000 barrels per day of propane and crude oil supply
for Michigan and surrounding areas that make up the regional supply network for the State,
producing transportation fuels and consumer goods, ranging from computers to clothing and
cellphones. Michiganders heat their homes from the products of this energy source.
Our natural resources and our economy are too important to await the outcome of protracted litigation. We need to start the Line 5 Tunnel now.
ADVANCED WORKING INTEREST and NET REVENUE INTEREST CALCULATION WORKSHOP
AUGUST 27, 2019 | MT. PLEASANT, MI
SPEAKER | DOUGLAS M. POTTER, CPL
Learn more and register at www.landman.org/education.
The concepts presented in this workshop build upon the foundational material found in the Working Interest and Net Revenue Calculation Workshop. Any Land Professional choosing to participate in Complex Calculations For Land Professionals without being proficient in the foundational materials may not comprehend the concepts, procedures and “Tricks-of-the-Trade” presented in this workshop. This workshop teaches advanced skills for Working Interest [WI] and Net Revenue Interest [NRI] calculations. Instruction is limited to NRI and WI calculations which may be found in leases, assignments, operating agreements and associated documents.
Accredited for 6 continuing education credits.