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.
MSU Extension Resources
Explore MSU Extension’s Oil and Gas program resources:
Published on November 18, 2015
The Guide to Michigan County Government is a great source of detailed information about the structure, function, and services provided by counties in Michigan.
Published on May 21, 2015
Lease negotiation is one tool to reduce the likelihood of not paying the landowner when an oil and gas well may be present.