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Northern Michigan Oil & Gas Lease Frenzy

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC

Record Breaking State Oil & Mineral Lease Auction

A potentially huge unconventional natural gas reserve has been discovered in Northern Michigan.  This new natural gas play has been dubbed the "Collingwood Utica" shale play, named after Collingwood Shale, which is present in Northern Michigan at varying depths, along with Utica Shale, which is also present at shallower depths.

Prompting incredible speculation in local gas, oil and mineral rights leases are reports of a successful natural gas test well in Missaukee County owned by Petoskey Exploration, LLC, a subsidiary of Canadian based natural gas producer Encana Corporation.   Oil, gas and mineral leases on land owned by the state of Michigan were auctioned off for a record $176 million in early May of 2010.  The average lease price of $1507/acre was exponentially higher than the $26/acre average lease price in previous auctions.

Oil and Gas Leasing Frenzy

The huge potential of the Collingwood Utica shale play has sparked a modern day gold rush.  Landmen employed by the gas companies are rushing to lease oil and mineral rights from private landowners, many of whom have received multiple offers.  In addition, opportunistic middlemen are attempting to obtain oil and gas leases from property owners who may be unaware of the recent jump in prices, and turn around and sell them to the gas companies for a huge profit. 

Northern Michigan property owners need to understand that the negotiation of an oil and gas lease involves complex legal issues relating to the rights, privileges and obligations of the parties throughout exploration and production.  It is essential that landowners arm themselves with as much information as possible to ensure that the terms of their oil and gas lease are favorable.  To protect their future interests in their land, landowners who are considering entering into an oil and gas lease should seek the professional assistance of an experienced Northern Michigan oil and gas law attorney to guide them through the process and ensure that their legal rights are protected.    

Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate



link ...  oil rush!  call me snoopy.   I was looking to see if you are the N. MI oil and gas law attorney or someone else

good to see you

Jun 15, 2010 01:26 AM
Stefan Scholl
Buyer's Broker of Northern Michigan, LLC - Petoskey, MI
Northern Michigan Real Estate

Oops is right!  Good to hear from you Maureen.  Yes, I am the Northern Michigan oil and gas law attorney.  Not sure what happened to the link. . . it was working when I posted it.  Hope all is well in Columbus.

Jun 16, 2010 02:17 PM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

works fine now too....  good job

Jun 16, 2010 02:19 PM
Benjamin Clark
Homebuyer Representation, Inc. - Salt Lake City, UT
Buyer's Agent - Certified Negotiation Expert

Hope you are having success Stefan!

Oct 25, 2010 04:51 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

I wonder what became of this great find?   Looking for an update.

Jun 14, 2024 03:52 AM