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Oil and Gas

Since 2010, there has been renewed interest in oil and gas exploration in Michigan. Improved drilling and well development technology, such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has led to additional oil and gas discoveries in numerous counties in the lower peninsula, increasing the demand for oil and gas leases, and offers to purchase mineral rights. This page is designed to help landowners and local officials learn more about oil and gas leasing, the issues related to oil and natural gas exploration and sources of information.

Upcoming landowner meetings

MSU Extension sponsors public meetings for landowners to educate them on the following topics:

  • Regulation of the Michigan oil and gas industry
  • Advances in drilling technology
  • Understanding the standard oil and gas lease
  • Negotiating changes to the oil and gas lease
  • Legal considerations in oil and gas Leasing

If you are interested in organizing or attending an upcoming meeting, please contact MSU Extension oil and gas expert Curtis Talley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

MSU Extension Resources

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