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
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
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.
August 1, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr. | As energy infrastructure for our state and nation improve and grow, a landowner may be approached to allow the construction of a pipeline across their property.
June 23, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr. | The amended act includes pre-empting local jurisdictions from restricting carbon dioxide pipelines for enhanced recovery of hydrocarbons.
June 18, 2014 | Curtis Talley Jr | Amended Act 16 expands the law so it applies to pipelines carrying carbon dioxide used in hydrocarbon “enhanced recovery” operations.
February 14, 2014 | Curtis Talley, Jr. | MSU Extension surveyed oil and gas attorneys indicating that 56 percent reduced potential royalty deductions from post production costs by at least 75 percent.
October 18, 2013 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Attorney survey negotiations resulted in an average royalty increase of 33.6 percent per year. This story is the second in a series.
October 8, 2013 | Curtis Talley Jr. | This is the first in a series of articles that discusses the results of a follow-up survey that measures negotiated alterations to the terms of an oil and gas lease by oil and gas attorneys for their clients.