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.
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Published on April 16, 2014
Landowners and mineral owners in Michigan are receiving offers to sell rather than lease their mineral rights. Part 1 defined “mineral property” and “partnering together” with the buyer.
Published on February 14, 2014
MSU Extension surveyed oil and gas attorneys indicating that 56 percent reduced potential royalty deductions from post production costs by at least 75 percent.