Michigan Public Service Commission approves changes in requirements for operating gas wells under vacuum

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) last week approved changes in requirements for operating wells in a vacuum. Under the new rules, operators of gas wells in the Antrim Shale development in northern Lower Michigan will be able to monitor and record vacuum pressures of natural gas wells monthly rather than weekly.

In April of 2019, Riverside Energy Michigan LLC filed a motion to amend the October 2015 order in MPSC Case No. U-16230. Among the revisions approved, companies must notify the Commission of the planned installation of equipment to apply a vacuum, rather than the installation for any purpose; report an economic analysis of fuel consumption versus the estimated incremental production in the first 12 months of operations, rather than annually; and submit one report for multiple facilities, rather than individual reports for each field or project. The requirements are amended effective May 23, 2019.

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