The Northern Michigan Chapter of API (No. Mich.–API) Spring Shoot will be held at the Northland Sportsman Club in Gaylord, located at 1592 Old Alba Rd., Gaylord, Michigan, on May 14, 2021.
Entry is limited to the first 75 people and spots will go fast! An informational flyer on the event also indicates that social distancing will be done.
Interested API members can register with a team of up to five, or as a single shooter and be placed on a team. If you are unable to attend but would still like to support Northern Michigan’s API chapter, there are plenty of sponsorship opportunities available.
Coffee, donuts, lunch, water and pop will be provided and there will be limited supplies of 12-gauge and 20-gauge ammo available for purchase at the event to help combat any shortage.
Please contact Mike and Collette Hoeft at [email protected] or 989-619-5586 to register and indicate if your team will need shells so the group can plan accordingly.
The American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL) and the Field Landman Committee will be hosting an educational seminar in East Lansing on Thursday, May 6th at the Spartan Hall of Fame Café, located at 1601 W Lake Lansing Rd East Lansing, MI 48823-7365. The event will begin with happy hour from 5:30pm to 6:00 followed by a Barbeque Rib Buffet from 6:00pm to 6:30 pm. The speakers will give their presentations from 6:30pm to 8:00. The event is FREE for AAPL members and $60 for non-AAPL members, but non-AAPL members receive AAPL membership too. Registration is open and the link can be found online at michiganoilandgas.org/blog. The educational event will count for 2 CEU’s. The event will feature speakers Phillip Guerra, CPL and Chip Tokar, CPG.
On Wednesday April 21, 2021, The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) ruled that the agency will limit the scope of the review to the new segment being constructed, but the Commission’s order (Case No. U-20763) concluded that greenhouse gas emissions are pollutants whose impact must be considered under the Michigan Environmental Protection Act (MEPA).
In December of 2020, the Commission ordered Wednesday’s rehearing of Enbridge's motion to limit the scope of the case, to consider the impact of a November 2020 decision by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to revoke and terminate the 1953 easement.
While this most recent ruling concluded that the replacement of the four-mile segment of Line 5 in the Straits is not cause for a review of the entire pipeline system with which the segment interconnects, the Commission determined that the Line 5 application review must include an examination of the allegations of greenhouse gas pollution raised by intervenors under MEPA.
The MPSC’s statement reads, “The Commission found that greenhouse gas emissions are pollutants under MEPA and permitted parties to introduce evidence addressing greenhouse gas emissions ’and any pollution, impairment, or destruction arising from the activity proposed in the application,’”
“Finding that the construction of the new 4-mile pipeline segment could not be separated from the products flowing through it, the Commission will also allow evidence to be presented on the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the fossil fuels being transported through the replacement segment.”
MOGA and Michigan Oil & Gas News will keep you informed as more information becomes available.Read more
The Michigan State Senate has approved the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund projects for 2021.
The Senate passed the bill 34-0 on Wednesday, April 21. The Michigan House of Representatives passed the bill 104-5 on March 17.
The appropriations bill, House Bill 4469 would authorize the trust fund to use $37.8 million to support 30 acquisition projects and 46 recreational development projects throughout the state. Matching funds of almost $47.2 million would bring the total investment to nearly $85 million.
The bill will now go to the Governor's desk for her signature.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Council on Climate Solutions has scheduled its April meeting, which will be held online. The council will advise the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Office of Climate and Energy in the development of an effective and equitable strategy to achieve economywide carbon neutrality by 2050.
- When: 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27. (The Council is scheduled to meet the fourth Tuesday of every month through December.)
- How to join: Meeting link and phone number are posted to Michigan.gov/Climate.
- Of note: Individuals needing language assistance or accommodations for effective participation at the meeting should contact Kimber Frantz ([email protected]or 517-284-5035) prior to the event to request language, mobility, visual, hearing, translation and/or other assistance.
- Background: Fourteen state residents appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and representatives of several state departments make up the Council, with EGLE Director Liesl Clark as chair. The Council will advise EGLE in forming the MI Healthy Climate Plan, the governor’s action plan to protect public health, create clean energy jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition toward statewide carbon neutrality.
Public participation in planning process: Email topical comments to the council or its five workgroups:
- Council on Climate Solutions: [email protected].
- Buildings and Housing Workgroup: [email protected]
- Energy Intensive Industries Workgroup: [email protected]
- Energy Production, Transmission, Distribution, and Storage Workgroup: [email protected]
- Natural Working Lands and Forest Products Workgroup: [email protected]
- Transportation and Mobility Workgroup: [email protected]
Tuesday’s meeting is being held in accordance with state recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide input on the development of the MI Health Climate Plan at an online public listening session 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 5. Register for the session at Michigan.gov/Climate. At registration, there is an option to indicate whether you would like to make a comment.
If you do not register in advance but would like to attend and make a comment, send an email to [email protected] with "Public Comment Request" and your name in the subject line. Those who send an email request will be called on to speak first. All listening session attendees will have an opportunity to make a comment. Speakers will be allowed three minutes each.
The listening session will begin with an overview of the governor’s Executive Order 2020-182 that established the Council on Climate Solutions as well as an explanation of how the council is structured and its role in developing the MI Healthy Climate Plan.
MOGA Invites You
Monday, April 26, 2021
MOGA House Energy Committee Zoom Call
1:00p.m.- 2:00 p.m.
The free virtual meeting will feature House Energy Committee Chair, Rep. Joe Bellino and other legislators to talk committee priorities for 2021/22.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has reinstated a standard 14-day quarantine for close contacts of COVID-19 cases effective April 5, 2021. This change was noted in a Frequently Asked Question document released by MDHHS and cited the increasing case rates and variant spread in Michigan as the reason for the change. This revised quarantine timeframe removes the option for a 10-day quarantine as mentioned on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website. The CDC however does say “Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine.”
The Michigan Oil and Gas Association will keep you informed as additional guidance on this matter is released.
President Biden has announced the details of his 2.25 trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. The details of the plan, named “The American Jobs Plan,” can be found here. The sweeping plan includes a focus on areas such as:
- Transportation Infrastructure
- Public Utility Infrastructure
- Homecare Health System Infrastructure
- Green Energy Investments
- Repeal of Right to Work and Prevailing Wage Requirements
Alongside the President’s infrastructure plan, the administration released the details on how these investments would be paid for through “The Made in American Tax Plan,” The tax plan would significantly increase taxes on businesses and individuals to a level that could be the highest seen in years, negatively impacting businesses already struggling from the impacts of Covid-19 and shutdowns. While investment in our country’s infrastructure is critical, the major tax hike on the country’s job creators could slow our economic recovery given the pandemic and the uncertainties that remain.
IPAA President and CEO Barry Russell: “We are early in the process of evaluating the full scope of this far-reaching 2.25 trillion-dollar proposal. At the outset, we have significant concerns with the tax changes proposed to fund this effort. Changes to the corporate tax rate or eliminating standard business deductions would be detrimental to not just the oil and natural gas production industry, but economy wide as our country continues to recover from the damage done by COVID-19. The details on how the American Jobs Plan is funded are important.
“It is important the Administration recognizes the need for smart, coordinated infrastructure permitting and we hope this effort is applied to all forms of energy infrastructure permitting. Transportation infrastructure investments are important in safely moving oil and natural gas throughout the country. And efforts to improve electric grid reliability are important but should not negate the necessity of an energy mix that includes natural gas.”
The task force's Phase II report and recommendations have been finalized and were submitted to the governor's office on March 31, 2021. The final report and recommendations are posted on Michigan.gov/UPEnergyTaskForce.
Among the report’s 16 recommendations:
- Encourage electric providers to participate in an Upper Peninsula-wide electric plan.
- Modernize the electrical grid to allow wider use of advanced meter technology.
- Promote energy waste reduction and broadband expansion.
- Offer residential programs for energy upgrade grants and early purchase of propane.
- Develop renewable energy, energy storage and electric vehicle charging.
- Examine the rate disparity between customer classes.
- Create brownfield and state land inventory for energy infrastructure development.
The report also discusses energy use characteristics, how the region gets its energy, natural gas and electric service providers, rates by provider and how they compare to state and national averages, and energy use by sectors.
Pursuant to Executive Order 2019-14, 90 days after the submittal of the final report, the UP Energy Task Force will be dissolved.