I am currently carrying out a project in relation to underground gas storage in Michigan and there are a few things I was wondering wether any of you can help with.
Who can grant rights underground? I have been researching a bit on this and it looks like it is the Department for Natural Resources. Who do these rights belong to? The Department? In th UK, these rights belong to the Crown, but a government department has the responsibility to grant these rights to companies.
What is the regulatory/legal regime whereby these rights to underground gas are obtained? Also, what is the regime whereby one can gain access to gas storage facilities?
what types of contractual documentation are needed to implement a storage project? I see that a lease must be granted, but are there any other documents which are required before underground gas storage is authorised?
Any help or pointers would be most appreciated.