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
MSU Extension Resources
Explore MSU Extension’s Oil and Gas program resources:
- Oil and Gas Newsletter
- Resources on Easements and Rights of Way
- MSU Extension’s oil and gas info
- Helpful info from other sources
- MSU Extension news articles about oil and gas issues
March 16, 2016 | Curtis Talley, Jr. | A brief summary of articles from the December 2015 newsletter.
March 9, 2016 | Curtis Talley | According to the Act, severed mineral rights can revert to the current surface owner.
November 18, 2015 | John Amrhein | The Guide to Michigan County Government is a great source of detailed information about the structure, function, and services provided by counties in Michigan.
July 27, 2015 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Despite widespread conflict in the Middle East, world supplies and prices of crude oil are stable.
May 21, 2015 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Lease negotiation is one tool to reduce the likelihood of not paying the landowner when an oil and gas well may be present.
May 15, 2015 | Curtis Talley | Landowners who are eligible for the settlement will be notified by mail from the Attorney General’s Office.
March 11, 2015 | Dean Solomon | A new draft report about hydraulic fracturing state-level policy options provides excellent background for local planning officials trying to address local oil and gas development issues.
Landowner survey determines impacts of oil and gas leasing negotiation efforts Part 2: Lease royalty
October 23, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Results of a survey sent by Michigan State University Extension in 2013 to 130 landowners in 19 Michigan counties determines their activities in oil and gas leasing negotiation regarding the lease royalty.
October 10, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Results of a survey sent to 130 landowners in 19 Michigan counties determines their activities in oil and gas leasing and their sources of assistance information.
September 23, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr. | 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.