oil industry http://michiganradio.org en DEQ holding public hearings on fracking rules tonight and Wednesday http://michiganradio.org/post/deq-holding-public-hearings-fracking-rules-tonight-and-wednesday <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">State officials want to hear what you think about fracking.</span></span></p><p><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.1500000000000001; background-color: transparent;">The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality wants to update the state’s rules on hydraulic fracturing. The DEQ is</span><span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: 19px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.1500000000000001; background-color: transparent;"> holding two public hearings this week on the proposed changes.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Hal Fitch is the chief of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3306_57064---,00.html">DEQ’s Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals</a>. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.1500000000000001;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:10pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-60815f06-39fe-fe7a-e87f-7c0eae242181"><span style="font-size: 19px; font-family: Calibri; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">“Starting about 2008, we started hearing increased public concerns. So we met with the environmental community, we met with the public in over 200 different forums and heard those concerns and formulated these rules based on what we were hearing,” he says.</span></span></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:46:11 +0000 Rebecca Williams 18375 at http://michiganradio.org DEQ holding public hearings on fracking rules tonight and Wednesday Appeals court says no drilling in Pigeon River forest http://michiganradio.org/post/appeals-court-says-no-drilling-pigeon-river-forest <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals says state regulators were correct to deny a drilling permit to developers who want to put oil wells on private land surrounded by a state forest.</p><p></p><p>The developers said the state should either grant the permit, or compensate them for their lost investment. They want to put 11 wells on private property surrounded by the Pigeon River Country State Forest in northern lower Michigan. The state Department of Environmental Quality said the wells were either in designated no-drill zones, or were too close to water.</p><p></p><p>“The takeaway from this decision is that you can’t drill an oil well just any old place in the state of Michigan,” said DEQ spokesman Brad Wurful. “There are some areas that are off limits.”</p><p></p><p>And the decision says since that was clear up front, the developers don’t get a payback from the state.</p><p></p><p>“What the court said was, everybody knew this beforehand going into this and it was clear,” Wurful said. “Nobody got surprised here. They simply wanted to do something that was not allowed and the court upheld that. We’re pretty pleased with the decision, obviously.”</p><p></p><p>The developers can file a new permit request with plans to use different technology, like directional drilling. They can also take their case to the Michigan Supreme Court.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:31:02 +0000 Rick Pluta 18251 at http://michiganradio.org Appeals court says no drilling in Pigeon River forest New state law lowers taxes for companies trying to get more oil out of existing wells http://michiganradio.org/post/new-state-law-lowers-taxes-companies-trying-get-more-oil-out-existing-wells <p>A new state law encourages oil companies to go back to oil wells that are considered tapped out and extract more oil.</p><p>So-called “enhanced recovery projects” are relatively new in Michigan. In fact, there’s only one company that’s using the technique.</p><p>The process recycles carbon dioxide that would otherwise be vented into the atmosphere and pumps it down into existing oil wells. The pressure forces more oil to the surface. Proponents say the process makes better use of existing oil wells because the oil couldn’t be recovered without the technique.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:58:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17085 at http://michiganradio.org New state law lowers taxes for companies trying to get more oil out of existing wells Michigan's natural gas prices may rise, depending on decisions to allow more overseas exports http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-natural-gas-prices-may-rise-depending-decisions-allow-more-overseas-exports <p>For years, Michigan businesses and consumers have enjoyed extremely low natural gas prices.</p><p>But that may be changing. And it’s a case of basic economics.&nbsp;</p><p>Natural gas is selling for about $4 per thousand cubic feet in the U.S.</p><p>In Europe, the price is closer to $10 per thousand cubic feet. In Japan, the price is hovering over $15.</p><p>So it should be no surprise that the energy industry is pushing hard for more exports of natural gas.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 16 Jun 2013 18:58:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13068 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's natural gas prices may rise, depending on decisions to allow more overseas exports Will Michigan motorists feel Hurricane Irene's wrath at the gas pumps? http://michiganradio.org/post/will-michigan-motorists-feel-hurricane-irenes-wrath-gas-pumps <p><a href="http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml">Hurricane Irene</a> should not have an impact on Michigan gas prices, according to an industry analyst.&nbsp; The hurricane is expected to make landfall along the North Carolina coast tomorrow, before bearing down on the Jersey shore, New York and New England Sunday.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 16:52:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 3930 at http://michiganradio.org Will Michigan motorists feel Hurricane Irene's wrath at the gas pumps?