Michigan’s August Primary Determines November Ballot. Schuette and Whitmer Secure Place on Ballot.

The results are in for Michigan's Primary Elections. More than 2 million votes were cast yesterday, ensuring this primary broke the state record for voter turnout in an August Primary.

Republican Bill Schuette and Democrat Gretchen Whitmer won their respective primaries and will face off for Governor during the general election on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

In the U.S. Senate Race, candidate John James defeated Sandy Pensler, 54.7% to 45.3% in the Republican Primary. John James will square off against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow in November.  

Click Here for More Detail on Governor, U.S. House, and U.S Senate Primary Results 

In the State Senate some interesting highlights include Representative Curt Vanderwall of Ludington winning a hotly contested 3-way Republican Primary for Michigan’s 35th State Senate District.  Former State Representative Aric Nesbitt of Lawton, the former House Energy Committee Chair, won the Republican Primary for Michigan’s 26th State Senate District and former State Representative Rick Outman of Six Lakes won the Republican Primary for Michigan’s 33rd State Senate District.  All three of these candidates are in important oil patch areas and have been strong supporters of our industry.

On the State House side incumbent Republican Michele Hoitenga of Manton won her primary for Michigan’s 102nd State House District.  Hoitenga is a MOGA friend and member, with her family business being in the oil and gas industry.  Candidates we will be getting to know include Jack O’Malley of Lake Ann, the Republican candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 101st State House District that Rep. Curt Vanderwall currently represents and Matt Hall of Marshall, the Republican candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 63rd State House District who defeated incumbent Rep. David Maturen. John Cherry Jr. of Flint, son of former Lt. Governor John Cherry, will be the Democratic candidate in the November election for Michigan’s 49th State House District.  

MOGA is monitoring races and supporters on both sides of the aisle.  One of the key factors in determining success this November will be voter turnout.  It is essential we get to know the candidates and help them recognize the importance of Michigan’s oil and gas industry in their community. Candidates will be holding events throughout their districts leading up to the November elections. Stay tuned for more information on candidate events in your community from MOGA and please do not hesitate to reach out if you’d like help connecting with candidates on the issues that matter to you.

Michigan’s Oil and Gas Industry’s Economic Contribution Study is a great piece to share with candidates on both sides of the aisle.      

Michigan State House and State Senate Primary results for all 38 State Senate and 110 State House Districts are detailed online, Click Here for Michigan's State House and Senate Primary Results


(Graphic Courtesy of Politico Elections) *Note. Vote totals will continue to increase as more precincts report. 

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Make Your Voice Heard!

Tuesday August 7, 2018 is Primary Day in Michigan. 

Polls are Open Today, Tuesday August, 7th from 7:00 A.M.- 8:00 P.M. 

Today is your first chance to weigh in on big races for governor, U.S. Congress, and the State Legislature. Make your voice heard!

Click Here to Check Your Voter Information and Polling Location.


Things you should know before you go to the polls:

  • Voters aren't allowed to "split their tickets" or cast "straight-party" votes. In the primary, voters must keep their votes to a single party column — either the Democratic, Republican or Libertarian races. 
  • Voters are banned from wearing or displaying election-related materials at the polls, including clothing, buttons, stickers, pamphlets and fliers. They also can't have them within 100 feet of an entrance to a polling place. 
  • Voters are banned from using video cameras, still cameras and other recording devices at the polls. 
  • Be prepared to present photo identification, such as a Michigan driver's license or identification card. 
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September 2018 MOGA Meeting to Feature Cathy Stepp


The September 2018 MOGA Membership Meeting will be held on Thursday September 27, 2018 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, MI. The event will feature Cathy Stepp, the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5.

As the Regional Administrator for EPA Region 5, her responsibilities include overseeing environmental protection efforts in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, as well as 35 federally recognized tribal governments. One of her roles is manager of EPA Great Lakes National Program, in which she leads restoration and protection of the largest freshwater system in the world. Before joining Region 5, she was principal deputy regional administrator for EPA Region 7.
Ms. Stepp served as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2011 to 2017. As state cabinet secretary, she led the third largest state agency with about 4,000 employees and was responsible for state enforcement and protection of wildlife, fisheries, state parks, trails, forests and environmental permitting.
Ms. Stepp also served as a Wisconsin state senator from 2003 to 2007, where she represented nearly 160,000 constituents and authored and advanced legislation on regulatory reform, job creation and other issues. Prior to entering public service, Ms. Stepp owned a small business, a home-building company.

Registration for this event will be available soon for MOGA members and guests on the MOGA Events Webpage

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Predicted to Remain Top of Sources of World Energy Consumption Through 2040

The future looks bright as Petroleum and Natural Gas are predicted to remain the top energy sources for world energy consumption through 2040 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)



Renewable energy sources are growing in importance and are a rapidly increasingly part of the U.S. energy portfolio. These energy sources complement more traditional sources both at home and across the globe. That said, oil and natural gas will remain important sources of energy for years to come. The graph above depicts the increasing consumption of natural gas as well as petroleum and other liquids, as they remain the top energy sources for world energy consumption through 2040 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

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The Start of a Revolution

“It is one of the most extraordinarily important, disruptive, technologically driven changes in the history of energy,” said Ed Morse, global head of commodity research at Citigroup. “It was revolutionary for the U.S. economy and it was revolutionary geopolitically.”


The process of hydraulic fracturing is not new, in fact, in Michigan hydraulic fracturing has been used since the 1950s. An estimated 12,00 Michigan production wells have utilized the method for producing natural gas and oil effectively, efficiently, and safely. However, its the combination of new hydraulic fracturing technologies and horizontal drilling that have helped spur the Shale Revolution and enabled the United States to dramatically increase our own oil and natural gas production. Michigan producers consistently have used hydraulic fracturing to meet our state’s energy needs while protecting the environment

Hydraulic fracturing is a safe, proven and essential process for recovering natural gas and oil from reserves found deep below the earth and often in tight rock. Low Permeability rock formations, such as the Antrim Shale formation, are common to Michigan’s geology and contain stores of natural gas that are important to Michigan’s energy supply. Hydraulic Fracturing is essential to the successful development of many oil and gas wells in Michigan because of this low permeability. We could not produce economically viable volumes of natural gas without the use of hydraulic fracturing.

To Learn more about the Shale Revolution and "The Well That Started It All" check out this great article from the Wall Street Journal

Click Here To Learn more about Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan 



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Final Chance to Apply for EEM 2018 Scholarships


Friday, August 10 is the last day to apply for 2018 Energy Education for Michigan Scholarships!

The fall 2018 Energy Education for Michigan Scholarship application is available on the MOGA Website at http://www.michiganoilandgas.org/scholarships The Application will be open through August 10th

In 2017, Energy Education for Michigan (EEM) completed its Scholarship Application Re-vamp with the help of MOGA's Education Committee. 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.

This year, another great scholarship fund will be made available to Michigan students under the same EEM online application. The William k. Roth Scholarship Fund 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.

Cutting edge technologies and bright young minds will continue to drive Michigan’s oil and gas industry into the future. Please share this incredible scholarship opportunity with students, teachers, and schools.

Visit: http://www.michiganoilandgas.org/scholarshipapplication to apply!

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MOGA Industry Advocates Educational Webinar Series: Line 5 and Michigan's Critical Infrastructure


Line 5 and Michigan's Critical Infrastructure Webinar

Tue, Jul 31, 2018 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT 

Join us as we look at Michigan’s Critical Infrastructure with Enbridge Director of External Affairs, U.S. Peter Holran and Michigan Community Engagement Manager for Enbridge, Paul Meneghini.

Not an Industry Advocate yet? Join the Free Program Today to participate (Join Here) in this and other educational webinars, access fact sheets and talking points on issues relevant to our industry and participate in unique opportunities; tours and training sessions

Click Here to Register Now!

When: Tuesday July 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

On June 29, Enbridge delivered its final 3 reports to the State of Michigan in accordance with its November 2017 agreement. These assessments evaluate technologies and actions aimed at safeguarding the environment and energy infrastructure. These, in conjunction with the Draft Risk Analysis (released by the state on July 19) and other assessments will be used to help inform discussions on the future of Line 5 and energy infrastructure in Michigan. To Learn More visit http://www.michiganoilandgas.org/blog or visit https://www.enbridge.com/

The Call in Number and GoToMeeting Link will be emailed to those who Register 

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Register Today! for the MAPL Golf Outing, August 3rd


The Michigan Association of Professional Landmen (MAPL)’s Annual Golf Outing is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3 at Bucks Run Golf Club near Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

The event will begin with a continental breakfast of fruits, yogurt, muffins, bagels, juice and coffee and registration at 8:30 a.m., followed by the 10 a.m. shotgun start.

At the conclusion of the 18-hole scramble-format golf tournament lunch will be served, featuring a “Build-a-Burger” bar with all the trimmings.

The day will be topped off with an award ceremony where trophies will be awarded to the top three teams, along with individual prizes for winners of on-course games. A raffle for what are promised to be amazing prizes is also on tap.

Register Your foursome Today!

RSVPs are needed by Aug. 2. The cost of registration is $100 per person for golf and lunch, $80 per person for golf only and $25 per person for lunch only for those that are not golfing.

Bucks Run is located approximately six miles east of Mt. Pleasant. Turn north on S. Chippewa Rd. and then turn east on Bucks Run Dr.


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Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs Host 67th Annual Convention


ADDC President Christina Forth and the members of Region II invite you to the 67th Annual ADDC Convention
and Educational Conference in Evansville, Indiana September 17—22, 2018 at the Double Tree by Hilton.

Region II may be one of the smallest regions in the Association, and Evansville may not be a big city, 
but sometimes BIG things come in small packages!  

Click Here for the Convention Packet

Click Here for the Invitation

Click Here for the Seminar Schedule

We look forward to seeing you in Evansville, Indiana September 17-22, 2018. Better yet, come early, or stay 
later so you can visit some of the many interesting sites we couldn’t pack into convention time. Group rates tare avaliable the three days before and after the convention.

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Independent Risk Analysis for the Straits Pipeline, Draft Report Released


On July 19, the State released the independent risk analysis of potential impacts of a “worst case scenario” spill. The Michigan Tech Team, directed by Guy Meadows of Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center submitted the draft report to state officials on July 16, 208. According to the State, the worst-case approach implemented in the study is based on the accumulation of worst-case assumptions and explicitly excludes consideration of the probability of such events.  

The scenarios in the report are “purely hypothetical” and “extraordinarily unlikely to happen,” Enbridge spokesman Ryan Duffy said in a Thursday statement.

Enbridge’s safety protocols on preventing a worst-case spill include a 24-hour control center, automatic shut-off valves and trained employees who would be able to respond quickly, he said.

“We all agree that the state’s natural resources are a treasure that must be protected,” Duffy said. “While Line 5 continues to operate safely, and there never has been a release in the Straits since it was installed, the State and Enbridge are working on new safeguards to enhance pipeline safety.”

The Draft risk analysis is yet another assessment intended to insure the protection of the Great Lakes while maintaining the critical infrastructure link between Michigan’s peninsulas and will be used in conjunction with the other assessments to help inform discussions on the future of Line 5 and energy infrastructure in Michigan.  

To view the draft analysis in its entirety, click here

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Michigan Petroleum Directory Now Available!