EGLE’s OGMD seeks to expand use of drone technology for regulatory purposes

Michigan’s oil and gas producers may soon be getting forms from the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s (EGLE) Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD) asking for the company’s approval to use drones for regulatory purposes on company sites. You do not have to approve the drone usage. Per statute, you have the choice.

Public Act 442 of 2018 which took effect on March 21st, 2019 requires EGLE and other state regulatory agencies to obtain permission from site owners to use drones for inspection, compliance, or enforcement actions. 

The Michigan Oil & Gas News January Monthly Edition features an in-depth look at EGLE's drone program and a Q&A with OGMD Drone Pilot Mike Shelton on several questions of interest to Michigan's oil and gas producers.

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Here are some informational pieces on the use of drone technology for regulatory purposes from EGLE. (These are referenced in the Michigan Oil & Gas News Article).   

EGLE's Departmental Drone Policy “Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems"

EGLE's Drone Technology in Environmental Assessment FAQ


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