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.
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.
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.
Check out the February “follow-up” edition of RMP’s Michigan Oil & Gas Monthly magazine. This month we revisit the Word of Faith 16-27 application for an oil well in the City of Southfield. Thousands of comments have been received and made public by the MDEQ. This month we take a closer look at public sentiment about the potential oil well. We also take a look back at Antrim wells being put on a vacuum system that we first talked about in August 2015. There are potentially more than 1000 Antrim wells already hooked up to vacuum cleaners since the light was turned green by the Michigan Public Service Commission. This is the most active sector of the Michigan oil & gas economy and RMP is the only rag talking about it.
This month in RMP’s Michigan Oil & Gas Monthly (MOGM) we look back on the slowest year ever in Michigan oil & gas activity. 1931 previously held the record for slowest year in Michigan history for oil & gas but no longer. 2015 was the slowest year ever for Michigan oil & gas activity. With drilling activity slow, RMP forecasts spending more time on other aspects of Michigan oil & gas in 2016. RMP will be focusing on underground storage tanks (USTs), secondary recovery operations including CO2 injection and water flooding, and Michigan’s orphan wells. Check out our December MOGM, share it on facebook, and tell your friends to check out our publications.