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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:
Find your natural resource conservation voice!
Published on February 11, 2020
Take the next step in conservation by engaging decision makers in natural resource issues.
December 2015 landowner oil and gas newsletter available
Published on March 16, 2016
A brief summary of articles from the December 2015 newsletter.
The Michigan Dormant Mineral Act: Retaining severed oil and gas rights
Published on March 8, 2016
According to the Act, severed mineral rights can revert to the current surface owner.