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.

Sincerely,

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!

Restore Oklahoma Now is withdrawing the initiative petition SQ 795

Restore Oklahoma Now is withdrawing the initiative petition SQ 795.

OEPA is in concert with RON in withdrawing this petition. OEPA has been the driving force behind this effort; with a lot of support from many others. We know many will be disappointed with this action. However, we believe it is much preferable for our Democratic form of representative government to work than to have to resort to the initiative petition process. The legislative process has worked. Teachers are getting an average of a $6,100 pay raise, which is $2,100 more than the petition drive would have gotten them at $4,000.

Having said that we, in concert with RON, are committed to supporting the 75% of the legislators that had the courage to vote for this emergency tax increase as those that are threatening to defeat them engage. We are also committed to opposing any effort to overturn this landmark legislation.

Read the press release below.

 

April 23, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE

 

Initiative Petition on Teacher Pay, GPT Withdrawn

 

Contact:  Mickey Thompson, Executive Director,  Restore Oklahoma Now  405-640-2555

Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., Chair, Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance  918-587-4154

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – The initiative petition seeking to pump $300+ million into public education by restoring the state’s gross production tax on new wells to seven percent has been withdrawn by organizers of the effort. The founder of Restore Oklahoma Now, Inc., said the group will focus instead on the 2018 legislative elections and participate in a broad coalition to defeat a possible veto referendum to repeal the teacher pay funding package passed last month.

“Restore Oklahoma Now was formed last summer with a single focus — to get our public school teachers a significant pay raise. We had lost faith in the Oklahoma Legislature. We thought taking the issue to voters was the only solution for our teachers,” executive director Mickey Thompson said. “We believe the presence of our initiative petition was a significant factor in the ultimate legislative compromise.

“We view HB 1010xx as a reasonable start. However, any effort in this or a future legislature to reintroduce a reduced GPT will be met with a new initiative petition, or perhaps a veto referendum, to protect funds for public education and other state services priorities,” he said.

The petition leader also said confusion and potential legal conflicts between the detailed allocation of funds in the proposed constitutional amendment and the appropriation of various tax changes contained in the legislative measures enacted last month was another concern.

Thompson added the language in State Question 795 would not have permitted schools to use those additional revenues for operational needs. “Our petition set strict parameters for how the new revenues would be allocated, 80% of it for teacher pay. We were asking voters to pass a teacher pay raise, not additional funds for classrooms,” he said. “And we couldn’t amend an initiative petition at this stage.”

He said the various organizations and individuals who pledged funds for SQ 795 believe their resources should be directed to opposing a possible veto referendum on the education funding package. “We will be at the forefront of any effort to defeat a move to renege on the school/teacher funding package,” he added.

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This additional statement provided by Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., a Tulsa independent oilman and chair of the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance (OEPA), the initial organizational member of the Restore Oklahoma Now coalition:

“The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance has been a driving force behind the initiative petition to restore the GPT to 7% for all oil and gas production to pay our teachers. While we still think the 7% rate for all production is fair and competitive with other states, we understand that government works best through the legislative process.

“A functioning legislature requires compromise. The compromise established in HB 1010xx is a victory in the quest for moving Oklahoma’s teacher pay toward regional competitiveness, toward helping our beginning teachers make a living wage.

“In that spirit, the OEPA challenges the state’s other oil and gas organizations to join us in strong opposition to any effort, including the rumored veto referendum, to undermine the work of our legislature to begin to address our public education and teacher pay crisis.

“Yes, there is much more to be done, not only in restoring funds to public education, but in many other areas of state government, such as corrections, health services, child services, higher education and transportation.

“OEPA members come from virtually every community in Oklahoma. We are committed to working with the legislature and all stakeholders to find answers to these issues.  We believe our industry must lead. As Oklahoma-based energy producers, we will continue to stand up for our state.”

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Money for education: Senate sends historic revenue bill to governor

Oklahoma Senate passed House Bill 1010XX last night. It restores GPT to 5% for all new wells and will raise enough revenue to give our teachers a $6,000 per year raise! We are proud to be the only oil and gas association to have supported a bill that will give our Oklahoma teachers a living wage!

Read about it here

Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Oil, Gas Tax Initiative

Supreme Court rules unanimously In favor of SQ 795.

OEPA has spearheaded and supports this intuitive petition to pay our teachers and bring tax fairness to all producers at 7%, which is lower than any other oil and gas producing state.

Read the article here 

 

Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance Installs Dewey Bartlett Jr. as Chair

OEPA renews call for 7% GPT, Vertical Well Protections  TULSA, Okla. – The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance (OEPA) elected Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. as chairman at its January board meeting. Bartlett, owner of Keener Oil Company, is a small independent producer with operations mostly in eastern Oklahoma. Bartlett, the former mayor of Tulsa, is a […]