Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

New Administrative Rules Addressing Hydraulic Fracturing

On March 11, 2015, revisions to Administrative Rules for Part 615, Supervisor of Wells, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended (Part 615) became effective. The revised administrative rules now contain additional requirements when completing a well using high volume hydraulic fracturing by modifying Rule 201 and adding Part 14 High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing. The revised administrative rules also contained other minor updates related to definitions, injection, and spacing issues. Interested parties can view and download the newly Revised Part 615 Administrative Rules.  A rules revision guidance document summarizing the changes is also available.

The OOGM has published new forms for operator use to comply with the new permitting, completion, and reporting requirements. Some existing forms also have been revised.  Please visit the Oil & Gas forms page to download copies.

The OOGM will no longer be publishing MSDS sheets according to the new rules. An advance list of pre-disclosed chemicals which are anticipated for use in high volume hydraulic fracturing will be posted along with permit application on the weekly permit list. The administrative rules now require the formal chemical disclosure to be reported on the FracFocus chemical registry. Interested parties may access chemical disclosures at that site.


Get the Facts on Fracking 
Hydraulic fracturing has been in the news, but this process for enhancing gas and oil production is far from new. To reveal some facts about what fracking is, how it works, and insights on some common fracking myths select the link below:

Michigan Fracking Q&A is a straight forward discussion of the what, how and why of fracking.

Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Activity Map

High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing Water Use Tracking - 2008 to Present  The attached table shows approximate groundwater volumes withdrawn for high volume hydraulic fracturing completions in Michigan since 2008.

Information about testing water well quality:
Due to the special interest in this topic the following resources are collected here for easy reference.  Hydraulic fracturing is also referred to as hydrofracking, hydrofracturing, or simply "fracking." Oil & Gas Pre-Drill Water Well Testing. Water Well Supervisor of Wells Instruction 1-2013 Water Well RequirementsWater Wells in Proximity to Oil and Gas Development: What You Need to Know. Information you can use to protect your water supply.



For more information about hydrofracking and related considerations please consider the following sites:


Frac Focus

click here to go to the Ground Water Protection Council site

Ground Water Protection Council - GWPC

click here to go to the Interstate Oil Compact Commission site

Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission - IOGCC


Also found on the Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals web pages

Bulletin 08: Stratigraphic Lexicon for Michigan ; P. A. Catacosinos, 2001; A comprehensive compilation of stratigraphic terms with accompanying stratigraphic chart All counties, Nomenclature, Stratigraphy.    

Bulletin 08: Chart of the Stratigraphic Nomenclature for Michigan; P. A. Catacosinos, 2001; 1 colored sheet 17" by 22" folded to 8.5" by 11", included as part of Bulletin 8 All counties, Nomenclature, Stratigraphy.    

The references listed above are only two of the over 1,500+ digital files about Geology in Michigan. To access the full catalog go to the Digital Geology Catalog.  

Michigan Geologic Maps  Nothing is better for helping to explain geology than geologic maps.  Select from the links below to see a variety of Michigan geologic maps.

The GeoWebFace application make your own geologic maps with over ninety map themes to choose from.

Quaternary Geology of Michigan, W. R. Farrand, 1982. Also call "Glacial' or "Surficial" by some geologists. This map shows what is fond at the surface.

Bedrock Geology Map, Colored map of the aerial extent of geologic formations.  This shows the patter of the bedrock that is under the glacial sands, gravels and clays that blanket Michigan.

Oil and Gas Map, A map showing the distribution of Oil & Gas wells in the state.

Oil & Gas Drilling Unit Maps by County The Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals has an on-going project making maps showing oil and gas drilling units.

Index of Oil & Gas web pages

Michigan Oil and Gas Data Miner