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MPSC Gas Well Connection Permits Issued

Breakdown by formation of all the Standard Wellhead Connection Permits (gas wells only) issued by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) from 1984 through 2012.

YEAR TOTAL
PERMITS
ISSUED
BREAKDOWN BY FORMATION
ANTRIM PdC NIAGARAN OTHER
2012 12 8 0 2 2
2011 63 56 4 0 3
2010 55 50 2 3 0
2009 161 156 4 1 0
2008 341 335 4 1 1
2007 368 359 6 2 1
2006 447 437 4 5 1
2005 416 403 6 4 3
2004 346 326 3 6 11
2003 331 322 5 2 2
2002 267 259 0 5 3
2001 379 366 4 7 2
2000 370 364 1 4 1
1999 300 285 2 9 4
1998 476 462 7 6 1
1997 585 576 4 4 1
1996 728 715 7 2 4
1995 539 524 3 7 5
1994 407 393 5 7 2
1993 1210 1201 3 5 1
1992 535 522 8 4 1
1991 577 547 20 6 4
1990 818 761 38 10 9
1989 533 491 32 4 6
1988 219 190 20 7 2
1987 79 43 15 15 6
1986 67 28 10 24 5
1985 50 11 6 32 1
1984 62 15 2 34 11
TOTAL
1984-2012
10741 10205 225 218 93
YEAR TOTAL
PERMITS
ISSUED
ANTRIM PdC NIAGARAN OTHER

The Michigan Public Service Commission issues wellhead connection permits for gas wells, thereby giving authority to produce gas into a pipeline. This authority is granted under 1929 PA 9. The MPSC has jurisdiction over the production of gas wells only. (The Office of Geological Survey in the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has jurisdiction over the production from oil wells, although the casinghead gas production from oil wells is reported to the MPSC.) The first permit was issued in 1935 and over the next 49-year period ending in 1983, 2192 permits were issued. This contrasts with over 10000 permits issued in the 24 years since. This increase is due to the discovery of the Antrim play which blankets a large portion of the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. For more information, see About Michigan's Natural Gas Industry: Exploration and Production

Key to Formations
Antrim
The Antrim formation is a shallow gas-producing reservoir which is productive across the upper part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. This play became active in the late 1980's and infill drilling continues to be strong. In 1999, Antrim gas production accounted for 74% of the total natural gas production in Michigan.
PdC The Prairie du Chien (PdC) sandstone is geologically the oldest and deepest gas producing formation in Michigan and is productive over the central portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan. The PdC play was most active during the mid 1980's to early 1990's.
Niagaran The pinnacle reef production in the Niagaran formation occurs over two bands in the lower peninsula of Michigan. These bands or trends are commonly referred to as Northern Trend and the Southern Trend. Drilling was most active in the mid 1970's to late 1980's.
Other Refers to wells permitted in all other formations, including 2004 production from the Michigan Stray (4 wells), Reed City Dolomite (3 wells). Beginning in 2011, permits for wells in the Utica/Collingwood formation are also included.

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