The Great Lakes State is home to many small, family owned companies that produce oil and gas, employing 47,000 Michigan residents. We are passionate about meeting our state's energy needs while giving back to local communities and conserving the amazing natural resources that make our state so special.
Read more about the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the industry's economic contribution to the state. Or Click Here to see process of hydraulic fracturing, a safe, proven, and essential technique that is essential to accessing oil and gas reserves in deep, tight formations.
On February 10, 2020, Governor Whitmer announced the appointment of Paul F. Novak to the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority. Mr. Novak is appointed to represent Democrats for a term commencing February 10, 2021 and expiring December 12, 2024. He succeeds James R. Richardson who has resigned.
The Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) oversees the construction and operation of a tunnel in the bedrock beneath the waters of the Straits of Mackinac. The tunnel will house a replacement segment for the Line 5 petroleum pipelines that currently sit on the bottom of the Straits and will accommodate other utilities to improve infrastructure connections between the peninsulas. MSCA will own the tunnel after its construction and provide independent oversight throughout its life.
This appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
In September 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-182 creating the Council on Climate Solutions. The Council acts in an advisory capacity to Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to formulate and oversee the implementation of the MI Healthy Climate Plan, which will serve as the action plan for this state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward economywide carbon neutrality.
Governor Whitmer Announces the Michigan COVID Recovery Plan to Jumpstart the State’s Economy and End the COVID-19 Pandemic
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has announced the Michigan COVID Recovery Plan to grow Michigan’s economy and help end the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor’s plan includes a strong focus on vaccine distribution, economic recovery, schools, and more.
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Former Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm will be the next U.S. Secretary for Energy under the Biden administration. President-elect Joe Biden made the official nomination on Thursday Dec. 17 and with it, said he would also appoint former EPA head Gina McCarthy as his national climate adviser.
"Thanks to our bold regulatory reduction campaign, the United States has become the number one producer of oil and natural gas anywhere in the world, by far" - President Donald J. Trump
The United States has been the world's top producer of natural gas since 2009, when US natural gas production surpassed that of Russia and under the Trump administration, the US became the top producer of crude oil in the summer of 2018 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
This was just one of the many positives that were highlighted in President Trump's State of the Union Address, the full video of which can be found here.
In its latest Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), released on January 14, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) forecasts year-over-year decreases in energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions through 2021. After decreasing by 2.1% in 2019, energy-related CO2 emissions will decrease by 2.0% in 2020 and again by 1.5% in 2021 for a third consecutive year of declines.
This week, Enbridge announced the recent completion of sediment and rock sampling at the Straits of Mackinac, a key engineering component needed for the final design of the tunnel. The sampling program was a major part of Enbridge's $40 million investment in the project in 2019.
Technical advances like horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing combined with the stringent regulations in place to protect our fresh water resources have helped establish the U.S. as a global energy leader.
Check out a new video that API released this week. The video highlights America’s decades-long transition away from its dependence on foreign sources of energy and is intended to provide balance to the candidates’ discussions regarding restrictive energy policies that would erase this progress.
MOGA has joined the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Laborers Union, Michigan Petroleum Association, Michigan Chemistry Council, Michigan Propane Association, and Lake Superior Community Partnership in a coalition in support of the Straits Tunnel Project.
Together, the group has launched a new website to share the benefits of protecting Michigan’s critical energy infrastructure and developed social media toolkit.
To check it out and learn more, or join in support, visit https://www.greatlakesmichiganjobs.com/
Michigan's oil and gas industry drives Michigan's economy. The Economic Contribution Study conducted by Public Sector Consultants illustrates that fact with abundant clarity.
MICHIGAN NATURAL RESOURCES TRUST FUND
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) is one of the most important ways the Michigan oil and gas industry helps improve and protect Michigan’s natural resources.
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) was established under the Kammer Recreational Land Trust Fund Act of 1976 to provide a permanent funding source for the public acquisition of land for resource protection and public outdoor recreation. Funding is provided by revenue derived from royalties on the sale and lease of state-owned oil, gas and mineral rights. This landmark piece of legislation came to fruition thanks to the collaborative efforts of Michigan Oil and Gas Association (MOGA), Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and state legislators on behalf of all Michigan citizens.
MNRTF has contributed immeasurably to protecting our state’s natural beauty and helped paved the way for wise and prudent development of our state’s abundant energy resources. Since the creation of the MNRTF in 1976, the oil and gas industry has contributed over $1 billion to Michigan’s state & local parks, waterways, trails and nature preserves throughout all 83 counties.
Oil and Gas: The Lifeblood of Michigan's Economy
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An editorial from Chad Livengood featured in Crain's Detroit Business News takes a closer look at the negative impacts a permanent shutdown of Line 5 could have on not only Michigan, but Canada and surrounding states as well.
"A permanent shutdown of Enbridge Energy Co.'s Line 5 oil pipeline could have a major downstream impact on trade with Canada, energy supplies for multiple states and the price of jet fuel for airplanes at Detroit Metro Airport and residential propane in the Lower Peninsula."
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)
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)
Michigan's Oil and Natural Gas Industry Fuels Michigan Wildlife Recovery
We often think about the great trails and parks the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the State Parks Endowment Fund have helped to create and maintain, but what about the connection between Michigan's local oil and gas production and our state's abundant wildlife?
In an opinion column published yesterday in The Detroit News, Leon Drolet, Macomb County Commissioner and Chair of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance details how oil and natural gas have helped fuel wildlife recovery across the Great Lakes Region.
"Environmental awareness, conservation practices, and regulation have substantially improved our environment. But the role of oil and gas is rarely understood or appreciated. It is a sad irony that anti-fracking and anti-oil pipeline activists are working to ban the very industries that made the resurgence of our forests and improved air quality possible".