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Michigan's Oil and Gas Regulations

Contact: Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals

Michigan's Oil and Gas Regulations   

Oil and Gas exploration, drilling, and operating is regulated under the the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Act No. 451 of the Public Acts of 1994, as amended (last amended 9/10/2004).

Michigan's Oil and Gas Regulations  includes the following (.pdf format):

Part 615 - Supervisor of Wells 
Part 616 - Orphan Well Fund 
Part 617 - Unitization 
the Administrative Rules used with these laws
a list of the Methods, Standards, and Specifications used in the laws
a directory of forms used for permitting, drilling, and operating wells
 

The most current forms may be downloaded from our website. 

The following amendment to Act 451 is a broad amendment affecting many programs.  Parts of it apply to the oil and gas permitting process by setting a time frame for issuing a permit.

Act 325 PA 2004 (effective September 10, 2004, .pdf format)

Drilling is not allowed under the Great Lakes. Addendum 

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