The Battle of Frenchtown


An artist rendering of a Frenchtown re-creation at the proposed River Raisin Heritage Corridor. (Photo: River Raisin National Battlefield Foundation)

Our State has a rich history of settlement and with it, conflict. A newly proposed heritage corridor in the Monroe area will depict what life was like in the area back in 1813 when the Frenchtown settlement covered the area. A recent grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund helps play a crucial role in creating this five-mile-long, $100 million River Raisin Heritage Corridor.

"We call it the untold story of the War of 1812. When people think about the war, they only think of the fires in Washington, D.C.," said Toni Cooper, executive director of the River Raisin National Battlefield Park Foundation.


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Gov. Snyder makes initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission

Gov. Rick SNYDER has announced the initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission that was approved by lawmakers in May and signed by the Governor in June of 2018.

Established by Public Act 268 of 2018, the Environmental Permit Review Commission was created within the DEQ to advise the director on disputes related to permits and permit applications.

"This board will work to protect Michigan's environment by having field experts on the committee carefully review all permits to ensure projects are in the best interest of preserving Michigan's resources and environment," Snyder said. “When state leaders make decisions impacting environmental quality, Michiganders deserve full transparency”.

The commission is comprised of 15 members, who must have the equivalent of six years of full-time relevant experience as a practicing engineer, geologist, hydrologist, or hydrogeologist or have a master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education in a discipline of engineering or science related to air or water and have the equivalent of eight years of full-time relevant experience.

When a permit application is disputed, the department director may call a panel of three commission members, based on their area of expertise, to form an Environmental Permit Panel to review and advise on permit applications.

The initial appointments to the Environmental Permit Review Commission are as follows;   

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Study Finds That Oil and Gas Rigs Could Help At-Risk Corals Survive


(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.

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DTE breaks ground on the Blue Water Energy Center


(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." 


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AAPL Field Landman Seminar in Grand Rapids on Oct. 25

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. 

Click Here to Register Today!

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



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Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry's Legislative Education Day 2019

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.

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Enbridge- Reports for November 2017 Agreement with the State of Michigan


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. 


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Bay Area Desk & Derrick Club Oilfield Classic Friday August 17, 2018

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.

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Line 5 Can Operate at Maximum Pressure Again After April Anchor Incident


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" 

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Michigan's Oil and Gas Industry: Economic Contribution


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.

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