How will we meet future energy needs in Michigan? The answer is right under our feet — newly-accessible deposits of clean, abundant, domestic natural gas. Friends of Natural Gas Michigan is a network of individuals and organizations excited about the opportunities that natural gas development can provice for our state's economic, environmental and energy future. We're your new resource for news, commentary and information on the use and production of, and opportunities for, natural gas in Michigan.

We want to let others in Michigan know how this energy source can benefit our state now and in the future. We would also like to answer your questions by giving you the facts about natural gas in our state.

Our state is blessed with a vast and abundant supply of clean energy in our natural gas deposits. Michigan boasts three shale plays in the state including Collingwood, Antrim and Utica — the latter of which has been identified as a potential game-changing shale similar to the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia.

As residents of Michigan, we recognize the importance of responsibly developing this abundant resource and putting it to use to meet our energy needs. We believe natural gas is the smart choice as we rebuild our state's economy and pursue cleaner, affordable and domestic energy.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our site. We look forward to serving as a reference and hope that you too will become a friend of natural gas!


Lansing State Journal: Chris Faulkner: Exposing myths on hydraulic fracturing

Chris Faulkner: Exposing myths on hydraulic fracturing Written by Chris Faulkner is CEO of Breitling Energy Cos. June 02, 2013 lansingstatejournal.com America is in the midst of an energy renaissance that’s transforming entire communities. Consider Karnes County, Texas. A few … Continue reading

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New York Times “Trucking Industry is Set to Expand Its Use of Natural Gas”

By Jim Standley Linn Energy Michigan has always been known as the cradle of the American automotive industry. From the time the first Model “T” rolled off a Detroit assembly line in September, 1908 and revolutionized the way man traveled … Continue reading

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Trucking Industry Is Set to Expand Its Use of Natural Gas

New York Times April 22, 2013 By DIANE CARDWELL and CLIFFORD KRAUSS http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/23/business/energy-environment/natural-gas-use-in-long-haul-trucks-expected-to-rise.html?pagewanted=all The natural gas boom has already upended the American power industry, displacing coal and bringing consumers cheaper electricity. Now the trucking industry, with its millions of 18-wheelers … Continue reading

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Detroit News: Sen. Nofs: “Fracking is no threat to our environmental heritage”

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130402/OPINION01/304020314/1008/OPINION01/Fracking-no-threat-our-environmental-heritage April 2, 2013 at 1:00 am By State Sen. Mike Nofs In addition to our proud automotive heritage, Michigan is known for its lush, fertile forests and pristine Great Lakes. As a member of the Michigan Senate, I believe … Continue reading

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Clashing beliefs on controversial ‘fracking’ practice take center stage at Ada town hall

By Zane McMillin MLive March 18, 2013 ADA, MI — Emotions ran high at an evening town hall meeting Monday to discuss the controversial natural gas extraction practice popularly known as fracking, and the possibility that drills and wells could … Continue reading

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Nesbitt: Let’s have an honest conversation on natural gas

Detroit News January 30, 2013 By State Rep. Aric Nesbitt  http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130130/OPINION01/301300315#ixzz2JTTseHLw Over the past couple of years, the use and safe production of natural gas has made its way to the forefront of our energy discussions here in Michigan. Not … Continue reading

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Natural Gas Can Help the State of the State

By Jim Standley, LINN Energy January 18, 2013 Michigan Governor Rick Snyder concluded his State of the State speech shortly after 8 PM ET Wednesday night, and the clear message to Michiganders was that the state’s reinvention is by no … Continue reading

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Michigan’s Plan for Natural Gas

By Friends of Natural Gas Michigan For more than 80 years, natural gas production has been a pillar of support for Michigan’s economy. Today, thanks to new technologies like horizontal drilling, Michiganders are seeing what continued safe and responsible development … Continue reading

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Mansfield Energy Handling CNG Refueling Upgrades For MI Transit Authority

NGT News December 10, 2012 http://www.ngtnews.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.8358 The Blue Water Area Transportation Commission (BWATC), a public transit authority based in Michigan, has awarded a contract to Mansfield Energy Corp. for the purchase and installation of a replacement compressed natural gas (CNG) … Continue reading

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Another Look at Hydraulic Fracturing

http://www.mackinac.org/17999 Mackinac Center for Public Policy In a speech last week, Gov. Snyder reiterated his support of natural gas extraction via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). This is a good sign for taxpayers, job seekers and environmentalists. Despite the alarmism, fracking is … Continue reading

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