The 2019 MAPL Winter Mini Seminar will be held on February 19th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing. Traditionally, the Winter Mini has been held in Mt. Pleasant at the Comfort Inn preceding the MOGA Membership Meeting which has been replaced in 2019 by State Legislative Education Day on February 20th also in Lansing at the Radisson Hotel. For this reason, The Board decided to change the venue for 2019.
Registration will begin at 11:30 followed by lunch which will then lead into our Presentations. AAPL continuing education credits will be available. A block of rooms at the Radisson has also been reserved for those that wish to arrive the evening before the Seminar. Please keep an eye out for the official invitation in January. Below is a list of the Speakers that we have lined up so far:
Norman J. Saari | Michigan Public Service Commission| Norman J. Saari served as an executive director of governmental affairs for 20 years at Consumers Energy Company, a position from which he retired in 2006. He was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Michigan Public Service Commission in 2015. Commissioner Saari is a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and serves on its Committee on Natural Gas, Chairs the Subcommittee on Pipeline Safety, and is a member of the Washington Action Program. Commissioner Saari will be giving a broad overview of the MPSC and how they become involved with our industry.
John Fowler | President, Polaris Energy, Inc.| John Fowler is a veteran Michigan Petroleum geologist with over 40 years of experience in the Michigan Oil and Gas Industry. John received his bachelor’s degree in Geology from Michigan State University, followed up by his master’s degree in Geology from Western Michigan University. In 2017 Mr. Fowler was honored with the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education’s (MGREE) Lifetime Achievement Award. John is going to provide us with a presentation on the process involved in determining well site locations.
Steve Bigard | President, Bigard and Huggard Drilling, Inc. | Since 1996, Biaard & Huggard Drilling, Inc. of Mount Pleasant, MI has been serving Michigan as well as Ohio, Indiana and Illinois with safe and efficient oilfield related services including oil and gas drilling, casing, cementing and excavating services. Steve is going to give us a presentation on Conventional Well drilling. This is a topic that can be very informational for all land professionals.
Scott Bellinger | Managing Editor and Advertising Director, Michigan Oil & Gas News | The Michigan Oil & Gas News is considered by many to be the publication of record for Michigan’s Oil and Gas Industry and Scott Bellinger has played a role in keeping that record for more than 36 years as the longest serving employee of MOGN since the business became a subsidiary of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association in 1973. Scott will be Presenting: “Michigan Oil & Gas News: Reporting on a dynamic industry for more than eight decades.”