Lunch & Learns Attract Huge Crowds

In an effort to increase awareness of OEPA and our mission of protecting the small conventional vertical producers and royalty owners, we have been offering a series of Lunch & Learn’s throughout the state in 2018.

These luncheons bring together oil and gas producers, vendors and interest holders for a unique experience where they have the opportunity to network and hear how OEPA is advocating for their rights at the state capitol, the commission and in the courts.

During each luncheon, guests enjoy casual networking time, a seated lunch and a short presentation about OEPA’s mission and progress from board members and legislators.

Since the program’s inception in early 2018, OEPA has hosted Lunch & Learn’s in 6 cities: Ardmore, Cleveland, Duncan, Oklahoma City, Seminole, and Tulsa with over 350 in total attendance. These numbers tell us that there are hundreds of producers around the state who are looking for someone to appreciate the problems they are facing.

At our luncheon in Ardmore at the end of August, over 75 attendees listened as a panel of lawyers and engineers provided their expertise and advice on always being proactive when dealing with any horizontal drilling activity. Sample letters were provided to send out to horizontal drillers when a vertical well owner receives notice of a horizontal completion to be installed near their well. See the letters here.

At our September Duncan lunch, our message was delivered perfectly by the legislators attending, stating that if you want representation at the capitol, you need to join OEPA. We had over 50 attendees, including numerous OCC District Field Staff. We were once again reminded that OEPA is the new voice of vertical producers in Oklahoma.

We have upcoming Lunch & Learn’s scheduled in Oklahoma City, Ada and Tulsa. Watch our website and your inbox for more information! We hope you will join us soon!

If you would like to help host a Lunch & Learn in your area, please call us at 580-332-8659 




Vertical oil well owners gain knowledge on an increasingly horizontal well-driven market

Drew Butler | The Daily Ardmoreite


On Friday, the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance put together a free luncheon to help vertical well owners protect their interests when damaged by horizontal wells. After lunch was served a panel discussion took place with lawyers and engineers providing their expertise and advice.

“The horizontal universe began 10 to 15 years ago and we’ve all been playing catch up to the reality of these very successful wells,” OEPA Chairman Dewey Bartlett said. “Unfortunately, it has been to the detriment of our friends, neighbors, and companies. Our livelihoods depend on our companies being vital. They also depend on our companies not being taken advantage of by those with very expensive lawyers and a regulatory environment that has yet to react to the reality of the horizontal universe.”

The primary advice was to always be proactive when dealing with any horizontal drilling that will be taking place near a vertical well you either own or operate. The panel agreed taking this step prevents potentially prolonged and costly legal activity.

“Try to be proactive and deal with the horizontal driller,” said panel member Jim Marshall. “They don’t want to damage your well, but I think everyone would like to have this negotiated beforehand rather than after the fact.”

Panel member Andrew Jackson provided some sample letters to send out to horizontal drillers when a vertical well owner receives notice of a horizontal completion to be installed near their well. These letters put the operator on notice of your interest.

“Part of that is how to prepare for the offset frack, what kind of cost you expect to recover, and how to keep you notified if something does happen.” He recommends sending out a certified letter to guarantee the recipient knows what your expectations are.

OEPA Regulatory Affairs Chairman Tom Dunlap closed the meeting by pointing out the situation wasn’t entirely negative.

“We’re there with the industry, it’s going to go forward, and we’re a part of it,” Dunlap said. “The horizontal drilling and the fracking for that drilling is good. We get more recovery so there is a major positive. Look what’s going on nationally and internationally. The country is doing well with all of this new stuff. We just have to think proactive on how to make this work. Just know what you’ve got and how to play your cards.”

Point of View: The rest of the story about fracking

The Oklahoman

Op-ed by Mike Cantrell, OEPA President


Let’s be clear, horizontal well drilling and fracking have been an economic boon for Oklahoma. It has provided a much-needed lifeline to the oil and gas industry and the Oklahoma economy over the last decade. No reasonable person can be against it as long as it is done responsibly and regulated properly.

Unfortunately, we are attempting to regulate horizontal drilling and fracking with rules and procedures developed for the vertical well universe. This must change. One of the unintended consequences of this activity that has received much attention is earthquakes. Fracking of horizontal wells has been tied to as many as 300 localized earthquakes in the past several years.

However, other unintended consequences haven’t received much-needed attention. The livelihoods of many Oklahoma families are being destroyed almost daily due to fracking of horizontal wells. Most horizontal wells are completed with a high-volume and high-pressure hydraulic fracturing procedure involving the injection of 4 million to 5 million barrels of water and chemicals and 4 million to 5 million pounds of sand injected at over 10,000 psi of pressure. Further, in the past year alone, the fracking of horizontal wells has been linked to 30-plus pollution incidents.

The fracking of horizontal wells has adversely impacted vertical wells as far as 1 1/2 to 2 miles away. This has occurred to hundreds if not thousands of vertical wells. A study commissioned by the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance found that, in Kingfisher County alone, more than 400 vertical wells were adversely impacted by horizontal well fracking over a two-year period. This represents a major loss of income from these vertical wells often owned by Oklahoma families and family owned small producers who have lived in our state for generations, which includes many OEPA members.

The livelihoods of many Oklahoma families are being destroyed daily by horizontal fracking. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission needs to be as vigilant in protecting the rights of vertical well owners and producers who have been here for generations, have found the oil and gas, and are producing it profitably, as they are aggressive in permitting this destruction by protecting horizontal well drillers.

Cantrell is president of the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance, an association composed of companies, operators, leasehold owners and royalty owners concerned with protecting the rights of conventional vertical oil and gas well producers.

Cantrell: Right-of-way disputes

Journal Record

Op-ed by Mike Cantrell, OEPA President


The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance supports the right of elected county commissioners to determine what is in the best interest of the residents in their respective counties when it comes to the use of the rights of way over which they have jurisdiction.

There is a dispute in Kingfisher County between horizontal oil and gas producers and the county’s commissioners regarding overlaying temporary produced water pipelines on top of the ground in the county road rights of way. The county commissioners determined that these lines constitute a safety hazard, damage both private and public property, exposing the county to potential liability, and must not be allowed.

The ability of companies to lay so-called temporary water lines in county rights of way is very beneficial to the companies needing to transport water from one location to another. But those benefits pale in comparison to the possibility of losing one Oklahoman’s life in an accident involving pipelines put on the surface of the right of ways of our county roads.

The OEPA has several members who reside or operate conventional vertical oil and gas wells in Kingfisher County. Our members are Oklahoma companies, operators, and leasehold and royalty owners concerned with protecting the rights of conventional vertical oil and gas well producers. Most of our members own their own companies and have lived and operated in Oklahoma for generations. While we vigorously support our members, we also support what is best for Oklahoma and its residents.

It’s unfortunate that heavy-handed methods and misrepresentations are being put forth by certain facets of our industry to justify the need to use the rights of way to increase profits, without counterbalancing that against the interests and protection of the county and its residents. While the Oklahoma Corporation Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over oil and gas operations, that jurisdiction typically ends at the oil and gas lease line. We make no judgment on the practice of laying pipelines in county rights of ways. However, we do support the county commissioners’ right to decide how those areas are used.

Mike Cantrell is principal of Cantrell Investments LLC and serves as president for the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance.


Letter to Kingfisher County Commissioners

Dear Commissioners:

On behalf of the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance (OEPA) we want to express our support of your right, as the duly elected County Commissioners of Kingfisher County, to determine what is in the best interest of the citizens and voters of Kingfisher County. As County Commissioners you have the authority and obligation to look out for your constituents, and to be good stewards of the land and roads in Kingfisher County.

The OEPA has a number of members who reside in or who operate conventional vertical oil and gas wells in Kingfisher County. OEPA members are Oklahoma oil and gas companies, leasehold owners and royalty owners concerned with protecting the rights of conventional vertical oil and gas well producers. Many of our members own their own companies and have lived and operated in Oklahoma for generations. As the representative of conventional vertical well operators, we support what is best for Oklahoma and its citizens.

Your considered and deliberative approach to reaching your decision regarding the use of county right of way for temporary oil field pipelines is to be commended. We admire your courage in taking on the proponents of using the right of way for their own private use exactly as they want to use it, and who will stop at nothing to get their way. It is unfortunate that heavy handed methods are being used and misrepresentations are being put forth by certain facets of our industry to justify the need to use the right of way to increase profits, without counterbalancing that against the interests and protection of the County and its citizens.

This note of encouragement assumes no position on the underlying issue, merely on your right to self-determination on how the roads in Kingfisher County should be used.

If we can be of assistance in this matter, please feel free to contact us.


Dewey F. Bartlett, Chairman, OEPA

Mike Cantrell, Chairman, OEPA President, OEPA

Rhino Peck – Blaine County

Rhinos Peck in STACK country operates 4 wells, sections 27 and 28-16N-10W in Blaine County.  Two have been blown up by a single DVN horizontal well (Kraken) in section 28.  Below is a picture and video of the frac sand blown out of our water tank (Peck 1-28 location).

Rhinos Peck 1-28 blew out during a nearby Devon frack. This well was hit with over 3000 psi of pressure. (Wellhead connections are usually 125psi test.) This is the second time Devon had fracked into this well – from another frack job.

This happened despite Rhinos Protest of The permitting of the well at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. They were told no matter what they said the well would be permitted. The day before the frack they served Devon legal notice to not commence the fracking operation and that to do so would instigate another trespass.

Inaugural Annual Meeting Huge Success!

The 2018 OEPA Inaugural Annual Meeting was a huge success and exceeded all expectations, according to President Mike Cantrell and Chairman Dewey Bartlett, Jr. “The response from independent producers and vendors alike was simply overwhelming”, said President Mike Cantrell. “When you start something new like this, it’s like taking the risk of drilling a dry hole, you just don’t know what you are going to get until you put the bit in the ground.”
The day-long event took place on June 1st at the Will Rogers Theater in Oklahoma City and featured speakers and panelists on a variety of topics important to small vertical well producers in Oklahoma. Speakers consisted of Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy, Senator Greg Treat, Senator James Leewright, Representative Kyle Hilbert, Representative Kevin Wallace, Tim Baker, Tim Munson, and more. Over 15 Oklahoma legislators attended to network and learn more about our issues.
Moderator & Representative Zack Taylor said he has never seen such a crowd of small producers so attentive and packed into every session. ” It was incredible to look out into the crowd and see over 150 attendees, of which 90% were actual producers,” said Taylor. “I have never been to an oil and gas conference with this many attendees participating in each session.”
The room was also filled with exhibit booths of sponsors and vendors of the industry. Mickey Raney, Impact Energy, said, “Thank you for all the work and effort of putting the OEPA annual meeting together. It was well done and the panels and speakers were very informative. It also was held in Oklahoma and I felt like I was actually with the group that had independent producers interest in mind. We look forward to sponsoring again next year.”

Vertical well operators seek options

By Adam Wilmoth
June 2, 2018

Goetz Schuppan said he already has lost 15 older, vertical oil and natural gas wells because of nearby horizontal drilling activity, and he is preparing for much more damage in the near future.

Schuppan is president of Hennessey-based Singer Oil Co., which operates older wells in Kingfisher, Blaine and Garfield counties in the heart of the booming STACK play.

“So far, operators have been putting in one horizontal well per section. Now they’re putting in eight or nine more wells on the same section,” Schuppan said. “Some of our wells that survived before will not survive that kind of onslaught.”

Schuppan spoke Friday at the inaugural annual meeting of the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance, a group formed to represent the state’s vertical well operators, which tend to be small or family-owned companies. The group has grown to more than 300 members, most of whom attended Friday’s meeting.

Schuppan blames hydraulic fracturing on nearby new horizontal wells for flooding his decades-old vertical wells with high pressures and large amounts of water. In at least two cases, water and pressure from the nearby horizontal well caused Schuppan’s production storage tank to overflow.

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OEPA embarks on “Lunch and Learn” tour across the state

When we started building OEPA just a year ago, we had one goal: to protect conventional producers in Oklahoma at the state capitol, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, and in the courts. That goal is the sole mission of OEPA and it is energizing producers and industry friends across the state.
The OEPA Board of Directors has embarked on a “Lunch and Learn” state tour telling those in cities and small communities across Oklahoma about our mission and how we must all work together to ensure a brighter tomorrow for generations ahead. We have been reaching out to those in the oil and gas industry, and even more so- those who are not in the industry on why we were formed, how we were formed, and simply: what we are doing. Not only do we want to hear the concerns of our industry friends and neighbors, but our goal is to attract members and form partnerships with those other likeminded individuals and organizations.
We had our first luncheon in Cleveland, OK last month and were shocked when over 50 people showed up. That told us something. It told us that oil and gas producers around the state are looking for someone to appreciate the problems they are facing. Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance wants to be that organization to stand up for our fellow conventional producers.
We have already had two more luncheons this week. The first, in Oklahoma City, where we were honored to host all 3 Corporation Commissioners, along with numerous producers and non-industry friends. The second, in Tulsa, where we hosted over 15 legislators along with members of OEPA and prospective members.
Our plan is to have one “Lunch and Learn” per month in different communities throughout Oklahoma. Stay tuned- we are coming to your town soon!