Welcome to Volume 2 of the Michigan Oil & Gas Monthly. In the featured image above, a GasFrac Energy Services truck rolls westbound down I-96 in Novi Michigan on February 6, 2015. GasFrac uses a proprietary waterless fracing process to fracture rock with a mixture of liquid petroleum gases. The main ingredient in their frac fluid is gelled propane (C3H8).
We have seen a poor success rate recently in the A1 Carbonate in Michigan for operators targeting the A1. Many recent A1 attempts in Michigan have made the HVHF list calling for millions of gallons of water for completion in the application. Operators have changed their completion techniques on the fly and have moved away from such high volumes of water and hydraulic fracturing altogether; but still have had no success. One theory is that the water is damaging the formation and it therefore will not produce. Since gelled propane is a hydrocarbon (C3H8), it is soluble in the A1 formation fluids unlike water an perhaps may not Continue reading Michigan Oil & Gas Monthly – February 2015→
Welcome to the first ever edition of the Michigan Oil & Gas Monthly by RMP. We will be publishing this monthly magazine / newsletter to keep you up to date on activity in the Michigan oil patch. We will be taking a look at Michigan hydrocarbon production and fresh water management. This magazine, like everything else published at RMP, is free and will always be free. The format will be an article like this one you’re reading with an accompanying video (like the one above) that showcases the same information.
Each month in this report we will be recapping basic activity & statistics from the prior month. We have already published this post and this post to bring you up to speed on the basics of Michigan petroleum geology and Michigan hydrocarbon production. As stated in the aforementioned posts, activity in Michigan is at its lowest level in recorded history since records started being kept in 1927. So, there is not a ton of new activity to report in Michigan as most of the reservoirs we are aware of in the state are conventionally depleted and most new reservoirs found are modest producers as compared to other oil & gas plays in America. The activity that is going on in Kalkaska, however, is different than anything that’s ever been done in Michigan. So, even though permit numbers and activity Continue reading Michigan Oil & Gas Monthly – January 2015→
Understanding petroleum production in Michigan can be difficult if you’re new to it. It can also be confusing even after you’ve studied it. My 9 year old son just started the 2014-15 basketball season. The kids just had their first two practices last week and the coach warned the first few practices would be pretty boring. Coach said the first few practices would be dedicated to the fundamentals of dribbling, passing, and shooting exercises. Sometimes kids just want to play games. But, they’re never going to achieve success unless time is set aside at the beginning for learning the fundamentals. My point with that anecdote is the first steps toward understanding petroleum production in Michigan are much the same. The key elements of petroleum production to know first are: history, units of measure, production resource units, and pricing. Respectmyplanet has access to the same production data that everyone else does. What’s different is that we use exclusive software written for communicating this data in a way that’s interactive with our map. We intend in this article to give you a primer course on production basics so in future articles we can Continue reading Michigan Petroleum Production 101→
Let’s examine the high level 101 basics of hydrocarbons, stratigraphy, and lithology nomenclature in the Michigan Basin. In Michigan, like everywhere else, we have different layers of rock beneath our feet. Trapped inside the rocks beneath our feet are hydrocarbons like oil, gas, and coal. Most of the energy produced in our history and in the world today comes from these subsurface hydrocarbons.
Hydrocarbon recovery is dictated by the geologic formation and subsurface structures where it has accumulated. Petroleum geologists look for areas where they think hydrocarbons might be trapped in a reservoir. The rock in the reservoir must have enough permeability and pressure to get those hydrocarbons to the surface through a well bore whence they can be sold for a profit. In Michigan, oil has been produced since the late 1800’s and gas has been produced commercially since the early 1900’s. Michigan had significant oil activity in the 1930’s and 40’s and then a lull through the 50’s. Activity again picked up in the late 1960’s in the Niagaran reef by the big boys like Amoco, Shell Western, and ExxonMobil because of production capacity discovered while drilling Antrim wells. Amoco, Shell, and ExxonMobil were successful in the Niagaran reef trend in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula and activity intensified heavily in the 1980’s. As the economy stagnated and oil prices Continue reading Michigan Petroleum Geology 101→
Welcome to respectmyplanet.org’s first article in a long time published from the WordPress software application. We’re glad to again be putting stories together that will help people understand more about oil & gas exploration in Michigan. We have been reviewing Michigan oil & gas data for 4 years now. We would like to share what we have learned from the past up through the present. We would also like to write about what future oil & gas exploration might look like in Michigan as our public owned hydrocarbon resources become increasingly more difficult for private companies to recover for profits.
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