September 2014 Landowner Oil and Gas Newsletter

The September 2014 issue of the Landowner Oil and Gas newsletter features development Q&A, information on pipeline rights of ways and a leasing activity update.

Information in the September issue:

  1. Ben Brower, Vice President of Jordan Development Company and Pat Gibson, Vice President of West Bay Exploration Company answer landowner questions
  2. What Landowners Need to Know About Pipeline Rights of Way and Easements
  3. Leasing heats up in Montcalm County, continues in Southeast Michigan

A brief summary of the articles:

Ben Brower, Vice President of Jordan Development Company and Pat Gibson, Vice President of West Bay Exploration Company answer landowner questions
The author has had multiple requests from landowners and mineral owners who signed an oil and gas lease and now wonder what might be next. For example, will there be drilling, or what determines if and where a well will be drilled? These two representatives from active Michigan oil and gas production companies agreed to answer questions submitted to them.

What Landowners Need to Know About Pipeline Rights of Way and Easements
With the increase in available oil and gas supplies in the United States, there is additional interest in installing additional underground pipeline capacity. Southeastern Michigan landowners are being approached to consider granting access for new underground pipelines. The Michigan Crude Oil and Petroleum Act 16 of 1929 was amended in April of 2014. This article discusses some of the rights and protections for landowners in the act and discusses some differences between a right of way and an easement.

Leasing Activity Picks up in Montcalm County Again; Continues in SE Michigan
A new wave of companies seeking oil and gas leases is occurring in portions of Montcalm County. Leasing continues in areas of southeast Michigan such as Oakland County.