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.
respectmyplanet.org advocates for legislation that will help support the development and the manufacture of fuel cells and energy from waste. This post goes over the basics of how Michigan’s legislative process works. It is important to have a simple overview of how our Michigan Legislature works to make it easier to understand and follow a bill’s path to becoming a law. By the time you’ve finished reading this post, you’ll be able to easily look up and analyze bills that interest you. In future posts, RMP will examine specific bills related to energy, waste, fuel cells, and water conservation.
In the October 2015 edition of MOGM we see application and permitting activity continue to be slow keeping us on pace to be another of the slowest years of permitting activity in Michigan history. Two more original Collingwood HVHF wells were plugged this month dropping a couple more nails in the coffin of the Collingwood era in the Michigan Basin. Click through to read the October 2015 MOGM.