Michigan’s petroleum industry: A united front
Organizations representing all facets of Michigan’s petroleum industry hosted their 3rd annual legislative luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 19th in Lansing.
The Michigan Oil and Gas Association once again partnered with Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan (API-Michigan), Michigan Petroleum Association / Michigan Association of Convenience Stores (MPA / MACS), Michigan Propane Gas Association (MPGA) and Midwest Independent Retailers Association (MIRA), to connect with legislators and promote the health of the petroleum industry in Michigan.
MOGA Members along with other Industry attendees had the opportunity to meet with legislators, their staffers, and legislative policy offices to share the positive impact our industry has on the state. From jobs the industry provides to the modern conveniences it affords our daily routines, the petroleum industry is a big part of Michigan.
- Michigan’s petroleum industry contributes more than $16 billion to Michigan’s economy on an annual basis. This amounts to 4.1 percent of our state’s gross domestic product (GDP).
- All segments combined, the petroleum industry employs over 182,000 people and contributes $8.8 billion in income to Michigan’s citizens.
- Michigan ranks 18th in total oil production and 18th in natural gas production in comparison to other petroleum producing states.
- The first purpose-built, drive-up gas station opened in 1913. At the time, there were approximately 500,000 vehicles navigating almost exclusively dirt or gravel roads. Today, there are more than 250 million vehicles traveling on the nation’s 3.98 million miles of paved roadways, with approximately 40 million vehicles fueling up every day.
- The vast majority — about 95 percent — of all petroleum retail, wholesale and extraction business are owned by independent, Michigan-based, family owned companies and 59 percent of fuel retailers own only one store.