Michigan Oil and Gas Industry's Legislative Education Day 2019
Wednesday February 20, 2019.
Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N Grand Ave, Lansing, MI 48933
This webinar will help attendees get prepped and ready to succeed as an advocate for our industry.
Many of the materials that show the positive impact of Michigan's oil and gas industry may be found below
Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry: Economic Contribution Study and Powerpoint
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the restructuring of the Department of Environmental Quality into the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) through a series of Executive Orders. New offices created within the restructured department include; Climate and Energy, Clean Water Public Advocate, and Environmental Justice Public Advocate.Read more
Last week, The Gaylord Herald Times won Michigan's Newspaper of the Year, in its class, at the Michigan Press Association's annual convention in Grand Rapids. Among the numerous staff members that received awards, Reporter Arielle Breen was awarded first-place in the News Enterprise Reporting category for her five part series on Michigan’s oil and gas industry in Otsego County.The series, "After The Boom", released in the fall of 2017, looked at the rich history and bright future of oil and natural gas in Otsego County.
The full series is archived on the Gaylord Herald Times website
The Polar Vortex grabbed headlines this week as the plummeting temperatures across the Midwest shattered low temperature records in several Michigan cities. Many school districts and state offices closed this week because of the dangerous wind chills, dipping to nearly forty below. So how have Michiganders stayed warm? The answer, more than likely, is natural gas.
More than three-fourths of Michigan households use natural gas as their primary source for home heating. Michigan routinely ranks among the top 5 states in residential use of natural gas and in the top 10 for total gas consumption. Although the Antrim Field in the northern Lower Peninsula is one of the nation’s top 100 natural gas fields, Michigan’s home state energy producers can only meet a fraction of the state’s demand. Here is where Michigan’s energy infrastructure plays a critical role in keeping us warm and safe. Several interstate pipelines cross the state, bringing natural gas to Michigan consumers on the way to other markets in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Natural gas enters the state from Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Michigan also receives natural gas imports by pipeline from Canada, most of it arriving at St. Clair, Port Huron, and Detroit.
Our state has the largest underground natural gas storage capacity in the nation, holding more than one-tenth of the U.S. total. We also rank second-largest in the number of natural gas storage fields after Pennsylvania. During high demand periods in the winter months, like this, natural gas is withdrawn from the state's storage.
So why is one of our state’s largest utilities asking Michiganders to turn down their thermostats during the polar vortex?
On Wednesday, January 30th, Consumers Energy experienced a fire at its natural gas compressor station in Macomb County. The facility supplies 64 percent of the natural gas in Michigan, and despite crews bringing one of the units back online Wednesday, the plant can produce only a portion of its typical output according to the company.
In a public statement, Consumers CEO, Patti Pope said the company anticipates demand reaching 3.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas, far above the 1.25 billion cubic feet seen on a typical winter day. Wednesday's usage was 3.3 billion cubic feet, she said. "This truly is an unprecedented crisis," she said. "We have never been in this situation before."
The utility has tapped into reserve supplies, activating natural gas peaking storage fields in Northville and St. Clair County but has asked customers to reduce consumed to avoid overburdening the system.
As Pope puts it, "We have plenty of gas stored, we just can't get it out of the ground to bring to our customers because the equipment that delivers it is what is damaged."
Extreme weather events like this demonstrate the importance of our state’s energy infrastructure as Michigan’s home state oil and gas industry works to provides secure, affordable and reliable energy to keep homes and families warm and safe.
The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued the first permit for the Line 5 Tunnel project on Tuesday, January 22nd. The permit allows Enbridge to take soil and rock samples from the Straits, in order to determine how to best construct the tunnel. Enbridge Spokesmen, Ryan Duffy says the company will also need a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which they have not received yet, before they can start collecting samples.
Stay Tuned for more updates as the tunnel project permitting gets underway.
Republican and Democratic Senate leadership has released the committee assignment roster for 2019-2020. The assignments are as follows:
Energy and Technology -- Lauwers (Chair), Horn (Vice Chair), LaSata, Nesbitt, Barrett, Bumstead, Outman, McCann (Minority Vice Chair), Brinks, McMorrow
Environmental Quality -- Outman (Chair), Daley (Vice Chair), Johnson, VanderWall, McBroom, Bayer (Minority Vice Chair), Brinks
Local Government -- Zorn (Chair), Johnson (Vice Chair), Daley, Alexander (Minority Vice Chair), Moss
Natural Resources -- McBroom (Chair), Bumstead (Vice Chair), Outman, Schmidt, McCann
Appropriations -- Stamas (Chair), Bumstead (Vice Chair), Barrett, Bizon, LaSata, MacDonald, MacGregor, Nesbitt, Outman, Runestad, Schmidt, Victory, Hertel (Minority Vice Chair), Bayer, Hollier, Irwin, McCann, Santana
Natural Resources and Environmental Quality -- Bumstead (Chair), f (Vice Chair), Victory, McCann (Minority Vice Chair), BayerRead more
The 2019 MAPL Winter Mini Seminar will be held on February 19th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. Traditionally, the Winter Mini has been held in Mt. Pleasant at the Comfort Inn preceding the MOGA Membership Meeting which has been replaced in 2019 by State Legislative Education Day on February 20th also in Lansing at the Radisson Hotel. For this reason, The MAPL Board decided to change the venue for 2019.
Registration will begin at 11:30 followed by lunch which will then lead into our Presentations. AAPL continuing education credits will be available. A block of rooms at the Radisson has also been reserved for those that wish to arrive the evening before the Seminar. Please keep an eye out for the official invitation in January.
Below is a list of the Speakers that MAPL has lined up so far:
Norman J. Saari | Michigan Public Service Commission| Norman J. Saari served as an executive director of governmental affairs for 20 years at Consumers Energy Company, a position from which he retired in 2006. He was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2015. Commissioner Saari is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on its Committee on Natural Gas, Chairs the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety, and is a member of the Washington Action Program. Commissioner Saari will be giving a broad overview of the MPSC and how they become involved with our industry.
John Fowler | President, Polaris Energy, Inc.| John Fowler is a veteran Michigan Petroleum geologist with over 40 years of experience in the Michigan Oil and Gas Industry. John received his bachelor’s degree in Geology from Michigan State University, followed up by his master’s degree in Geology from Western Michigan University. In 2017 Mr. Fowler was honored with the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education’s (MGREE) Lifetime Achievement Award. John is going to provide us with a presentation on the process involved in determining well site locations.
Steve Bigard | President, Bigard and Huggard Drilling, Inc. | Since 1996, Biaard & Huggard Drilling, Inc. of Mount Pleasant, MI has been serving Michigan as well as Ohio, Indiana and Illinois with safe and efficient oilfield related services including oil and gas drilling, casing, cementing and excavating services. Steve is going to give us a presentation on Conventional Well drilling. This is a topic that can be very informational for all land professionals.
Scott Bellinger | Managing Editor and Advertising Director, Michigan Oil & Gas News | The Michigan Oil & Gas News is considered by many to be the publication of record for Michigan’s Oil and Gas Industry and Scott Bellinger has played a role in keeping that record for more than 36 years as the longest serving employee of MOGN since the business became a subsidiary of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association in 1973. Scott will be Presenting: “Michigan Oil & Gas News: Reporting on a dynamic industry for more than eight decades.”
"Voters have shown they don't want to choose between a clean planet and abundant, affordable energy. They want both. And thanks to recent advances in drilling technologies, they can get their wish".
On her first full day in office, Governor Whitmer requested an opinion from Attorney General Dana Nessel on the constitutionality of the law that created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and the on the Authority's approval of the Agreement.
“I pledged to take action on the Line 5 pipeline on day one as governor, and I am holding true to that campaign promise.” the Governor said.
According the the letter submitted to the AG's office, The Governor is questioning whether the new law violates the Michigan Constitution in several ways, including;
- Whether the amended law violates a statute that requires the main focus of an act to be reflected in the title.
- Whether the six-year appointments of corridor authority board members violate a constitutional requirement limiting appointments to four-year terms.
- Whether the amended law violates parts of the Michigan Constitution related to tunnel construction and operation.
- Whether the law constitutes a special or local act when it should have been created under a general act.
- Whether the new authority possesses more power than it is entitled to by law or the Constitution.
- Whether the authority and its actions are invalid if the authority is found to violate state law or the state Constitution.
Governor Whitmer's new staff additions include;
Greg Bird, the director of state relations at Wayne State University, will be her new legislative director.
Emily Laidlaw, an associate at Karoub Associates, will be Whitmer's policy director.
Ghida Dagher, the Director of government partnerships at the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators will be the Appointments Director.
Scottie Barton will the constituent services director.
Mary Hannaford, Whitmer's scheduler for the campaign, will move into that role for the new governor.
Tiffany Brown, the current public information officer for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, will be Whitmer's new press secretary.