Michigan Petroleum Geology 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

Meet Duke, RMP’s Official Mascot

This is Duke.   Duke is the official mascot of respectmyplanet.org.   If you checked his legal name on veterinary records, it would say Huckleberry, but everyone that knows him just calls him Duke.

Duke visiting the well head stake for the State Tuscurora 1-34HD1 well in the Gaylord State Forest Area. In 2011, the MDEQ received an application for a permit to drill a well into the Utica-Collingwood from here. The true vertical depth of this well would have been 4,522 feet but it was never drilled.
Duke visiting the location staked for the State Tuscarora 1-34HD1 well pad in the Gaylord State Forest Area. The MDEQ received an application for a permit to drill a well into the Utica-Collingwood from here in 2011. The true vertical depth of this well would have been 4,522 feet but it was never drilled.

Duke has visited a ton of places in Michigan.   He’s been to the Gaylord State Forest Area to see Robert’s Lake just west of the Pigeon River. He’s been to Grand Rapids, Hillsdale, Farmington, Alpena, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, and everywhere in between.   Duke has been Continue reading Meet Duke, RMP’s Official Mascot

Michigan Oil & Gas Exploration – A Look From 2014

Have you noticed respectmyplanet.org? We’ve been mapping data related to Michigan’s natural resources and environmental protection.

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.

We have a series of posts planned for our oil & gas exploration category that will chronicle events in the Michigan oil patch since January of 2010 when drilling started on a well named the State Pioneer 1-3 HD1 in Missaukee county.  The January through April period of 2010 set the Continue reading Michigan Oil & Gas Exploration – A Look From 2014

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