We, Nopaxton.com, are a growing group of Lodi and Saline residents that are concerned about the impact that oil and gas drilling and associated operations may have on our land and environment. Those who live here appreciate the natural beauty, clean water and air, and relative peace and quiet, and want to keep it that way. Based on substantial freely and publicly available information, it is clear that exploitation of oil, gas, and other mineral resources under our land may result in a variety of unintended, unwelcome side-effects, and we do not intend to allow that to happen.

If you live in Lodi or Saline and have been approached by a company calling itself Paxton Resources, or are concerned about potential side-effects of oil and gas drilling on your or your neighbors properties and want to learn more, please contact us at: nopaxton at gmail dot com

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 26 Landowner Oil and Gas Leasing and Michigan Oil and Gas Industry Educational Meeting

The Michigan State University Extension is announcing the following event:

Landowner Oil and Gas Leasing and Michigan Oil and Gas Industry Educational Meeting
Monday, November 26, 2012, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
(Registration opens at 5:30 pm)
Oakland County Executive Office Building (EOB), Bldg. #41W, Waterford, MI 48328

There is an increased interest in leasing oil and gas rights in Oakland County, leading to a potential new income source for landowners. It all begins with the mineral rights owner being offered an oil and gas lese to sign. The lease is a legal contract that can last for generations. When you read the lease, do you understand what it says?  Is there alternative lease language that will help you meet the goals you have for your property? 

MSUE is sponsoring a public meeting for landowners to educate them on the following topics:
  • Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality’s Role in Regulation the Michigan Oil and Gas Industry
  • Advances in Drilling Technology
  • Understanding and Negotiating the Standard Oil and Gas Lease
  • Legal Considerations in Oil and Gas Leasing

Registration fee is $10/person. Advance registration is highly encouraged by Friday November 23, but not required. Please contact the MSU Extension office at 248-858-0887 or smithlin@oakgov.com.

Meeting Agenda:

Welcome and Introductions 

  • Curtis Talley Jr., Michigan State University Extension (MSUE), Farm Management Educator
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Role in Regulating the Michigan Oil and Gas Industry (Representative from the Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals, Michigan DEQ)

  • Introduction to the Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals 
  • Michigan oil and gas well construction requirements
  • Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan
  • Environmental considerations and regulations
Oil and Gas Industry Perspective on Advances in Drilling Technology (Representative from the Michigan Oil and Gas Association)

  • Horizontal and vertical well construction techniques
  • Environmental safeguards
  • Can oil and gas production coincide with residential and recreation areas?
  • What is the future for oil and gas production in Michigan?
Understanding the standard oil and gas Lease (Curtis Talley Jr., MSUE) 

  • What does the language in the lease mean?
  • Why should I be concerned about the lease language when I am getting a bonus payment?
  • What are the long-term implications of the standard lease?
  • Legal Consideration in Oil & Gas Leasing

Common pitfalls to avoid
Defining how the royalty is paid
Protecting groundwater quality in the lease
What can be negotiated in the lease?

Question and Answer Period Curtis Talley, MSUE

MSU Extension is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.