NuEnergy Operating, Inc. BBB Business Review


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Our Story

NuEnergy Operating, Inc. was formed in August 2003 as a full service, fully integrated company that operates, drills, and completes oil and gas wells in the state of Michigan.

We provide a broad range of services, both standard and custom, designed to meet our customers' demands.

Accounting (OGSYS), Petroleum Engineering, Revenue Distribution, Joint Interest Billing, Land Management, Field Operations, and Supervision of Non-Operated Properties is but a partial list of services we will deliver ON BUDGET and ON TIME. 

Natural Gas Pipeline Safety


Natural gas is a safe, reliable, clean-burning fuel.
NuEnergy needs YOUR HELP to ensure the continued safety of our pipeline.

Click or tap 'HERE' (below) to see information which can help you
avoid and respond to pipeline damage.

HERE > Pipeline Safety brochure (NuEnergy)
HERE > Pipeline Safety brochure (industry)

Help us promote PIPELINE SAFETY .
Please download this questionnaire, fill it out completely,
and forward it to our office. 


NuEnergy fully and passionately supports the T.A.C.K.L.E (Together Against Cancer, Kept Local Everyday) Cancer Fund initiative.

Click on or touch HERE to visit the Otsego Foundation / TACKLE website.

Click on or touch HERE to see pictures from the 2022 event!

To see the T.A.C.K.L.E. van, go to our Gallery.



Facsimile:   989-732-5239

NuEnergy Operating, and Smetzer Land Services, are located in Gaylord, Michigan. Gaylord is located approximately 240 miles north of Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, and approximately 60 miles east northeast of Traverse City Cherry Capital Airport.
Gaylord straddles I-75 at exit 282, approximately 52 miles south of the straits of Mackinac.

Exit I-75 at #282, and travel east on M-32 approximately .8 miles into downtown Gaylord (M-32 becomes Main Street in town).
You will pass over a railroad crossing; note the decorative fountain on your right, in front of the County office building.

Continue on M-32 east; look for a tall clock tower on the south side of M-32.
Turn right (south) on South Center Ave, then right again on West 1st Street.
Turn into the large parking lot on your right.
Park near the large covered pavilion.

Visit our Gallery to see the outside door to NuEnergy's office.
Elevator to the 3rd floor is to the left as you walk in.
Leaving the elevator on the 3rd floor, turn to your left. 


HERE < Change of Address form.
HERE < General Landowner Information Sheet.
HERE < DIRECT DEPOSIT, Letter to Interest Owners.
HERE < DIRECT DEPOSIT, Authorization Agreement Form.
HERE < Recordable Affidavit of Heirship (blank).

HERE < [get Adobe Reader]

To return to this screen from any of these forms, tap/click your browser's "BACK" button. 


Jeffrey A. Smetzer, CPL, President

Jeff is a graduate of The Ohio State University with degrees in Agriculture and has been in the oil and gas business since 1980. He has worked primarily as a landman and earned the Certified Professional Landman designation in 1996 and is a past president of the Michigan Association of Professional Landman. He is a member of the Michigan Oil and Gas Association and has worked in numerous eastern states as contract landman for numerous major and independent oil and gas companies. He has worked in all phases of in house land work and has numerous years of experience as a field landman including due diligence work, permitting and staking wells, settling damages with landowners, project planning and development. As a founding partner and President of NuEnergy Operating, Inc. his responsibilities are the day to day operations of the company, gas marketing, negotiating contracts and well trades. As the Chairman for the T.A.C.K.L.E. (Together Against Cancer Kept Local Everyday) Committee, Jeff is dedicated to serving individuals in Otsego County fighting cancer.

Tom Carnaghi, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Tom joined our staff in January 2012. He has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan (1984) with a non degree concentration in accounting along with his CPA. Tom also earned a Masters of Science in Corporate Finance from Walsh College (1993). He worked for 3 years in public accounting with Touche Ross & Co, and then spent the next 23 years in the real estate and construction industry as CFO/Vice President/Owner of various companies. Tom is responsible for all financing aspects of current and proposed oil and gas projects as well as tax planning and accounting on the partnership/ownership side of the business. Tom works out of our Grosse Pointe, Michigan office.

Karen L. Thomas, Controller

Karen has over 24 years of experience in Accounting for the Oil and Gas Industry. This includes multi-company activities for Joint Interest Billing, Revenue Accounting, Accounts Payable, Reporting and Tax preparation for Partnerships, Corporate and Tax Accounting. Karen is an active member and on the Board for the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS) since 1995, and a member of Desk & Derrick since 2001, and a past President for 2012-2013. She is currently the President of the Otsego County United Way.

Stacey Buchinger, Account Manager

Stacey joined our staff in September 2013. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Davenport University. She has over a decade of experience in Oil & Gas Accounting from a service company perspective. During the beginning of her career she managed an Oil & Gas service company. Currently she is responsible for Accounts Payable and Joint Interest activities as well as Revenue Accounting. Stacey is an active Member of COPAS and MOGA and the Co-Founder of T.A.C.K.L.E (Together Against Cancer Kept Local Everyday) for which she has a great passion.

Jacqueline Mankowski- Joint Interest Billing Accountant

Jacqueline joined our staff in February 2022. She recently graduated from Lake Superior State University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. While pursuing a degree in accounting, she worked as an accounting intern for an Oil & Gas company. Currently she is responsible for Accounts Payable and Joint interest activities. 

News / Community

Gaylord's 5K Color Run

NuEnergy is proud to support the 5K Color Tour. "Fighting Cancer One Color at a Time".
Click HERE to get the whole story.


"To enhance the quality of life for all citizens by building endowments, convening leaders, and awarding grants."
NuEnergy proudly supports the Otsego Community Foundation.
Click HERE to see the Foundation's efforts. 

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