Michigan oil & gas activity gets busy in August of 2016. August has more applications for new wells than all seven previous months of 2016 combined. We have an applications for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration, High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (HVHF), as well as applications to explore the Trenton Group in Lenawee & Monroe Counties. The HVHF well takes us down memory lane and we examine why the Integrated Assessment of HVHF published by the University of Michigan’s Graham Sustainability Institute is a fundamentally flawed report with flawed timing. Click through to read all about it.
In this “101” post, RMP writes about the five basic types of fuel cells. Many people may not have heard of fuel cells but they’re here today and will be a bigger part of society more and more. Fuel cells generate electricity with only trace amounts of NOx pollution, SOx pollution, and particulate matter emissions. Furthermore, fuel cells produce less CO2 than than other power plants and have higher efficiencies. Even when CO2 is produced, fuel cells can make it more economical to capture that CO2. There are so many benefits that it’s hard to name them all in this excerpt. Click here to read this post and bring yourself up to speed on the basics of fuel cells.
This month a group calling themselves the MICATS staged a protest at Attorney General Bill Schuette’s home in Midland, Michigan. The Detroit News has a story here.
For the record, I have never supported extremist groups or individuals like those in MICATS and neither has respectmyplanet.org. I don’t know them, affiliate with them, or in any way condone what they did. RMP supports as part of our stated mission the migration away from oil as an energy source. RMP supports ending oil pipelines that traverse our (more…)
In this month’s MOGM, RMP covers the dearth of oil & gas activity in Michigan and the bankruptcies precipitated by the collapse of the industry at large. We also talk about finances and economics of the Hydrogen Economy and how Michigan and the rest of the world can prosper by supporting Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles. For FCEVs, the future is bright & clean. For crude oil, the buzzards are circling.
In May 2016, the big news is the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings of Linn Energy and Breitburn Energy Partners. Both companies are top 5 producers in Michigan with Linn coming in as the #3 producer and Breitburn coming in as the #5 producer. RMP will be watching to see how these bankruptcies impact Michigan oil & gas operations.
Check out RMP’s demonstration map of the Ann Arbor Dioxane Plume. This map gives an example of grafting an overlay to a Google Map. RMP’s maps can do a lot more than this demonstration but we can’t get further without your financial support. Check out the map and let us know what you think.
In the April 2016 edition of MOGM, we look at the rise of natural gas market share and also the rise of natural gas prices. Natural gas is poised to make a big comeback in 2016 and the USA is poised to benefit from this more than any other country. The USA is the #1 natural gas producer in the world and Michigan has the #1 natural gas storage capacity of any state within the USA. Read this month’s MOGM to understand why natural gas prices are set to climb back above $3/mcf this year.
The 2015 full year petroleum production numbers are, according to RMP estimates, 98% reported. That means it’s time to review a whole host of tables and graphs showing you the top hydrocarbon producers in the Michigan Basin for 2015. Check out this annual production summary to see what got produced and where in Michigan. Also, a new feature added to our annual production summary is the estimated revenue generated by operator based on advanced calculations you’ll only find on RMP.
It was the slowest of times, it was the busiest of times. The first quarter of 2016 has been the slowest ever in Michigan oil & gas activity as it relates to new applications and permits. But, it has been the busiest time ever for applications and permits to connect Michigan Antrim wells up to vacuum systems. Click here to read more about oil & gas activity through the first quarter of 2016. Next month, RMP will recap the 2015 production numbers for the year.
Check out our interactive map of ground water contamination at the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Oscoda, Michigan. RMP considers Wurtsmith on our top 10 list of environmentally contaminated hot spots in the Michigan Basin. Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) in fish surrounding WAFB were so high that Michigan Department of Community Health issued fish advisories immediately after receiving the data on May 2, 2012. Samples collected (by MDEQ) during the December 2011 investigation indicate elevated levels of PFCs in the groundwater, ranging from about 280 ppt (LF27 GP25) to 3,900 ppt (LF27 GP31). Read more by clicking through and check out our interactive Google Map of the WAFB site.