2020 Bills OEPA Supports & Opposes Update

SB1615 by Darcy Jech creates a task force to study and make recommendations regarding the purge in Kingfisher Co. As a result of OEPA efforts, the bill was amended to include “two representatives from different relevant trade associations operating in this state”. The bill passed the Senate with the title on and it is headed to […]

Oil & Gas Producer Group Names Ardmore Independent New Leader

The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance (OEPA) elected David Little of Ardmore to serve as president at its March board meeting. Little is the president of Kingery Energy , a small-business independent producer with operations across Oklahoma.

OCC 2nd Rulemaking Technical Conference

The first of 2 technical conferences on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s proposed rule changes occurred Tuesday. Almost a dozen OEPA members were present! OEPA was well represented among the speakers addressing the Commissioners.

Corporation Commission Considering Rules to Require Public Notice from More Injection Well Operators

Richard Parrish with the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance said mostly spent horizontal wells being reinjected with fluid in order to recover more oil are the ones causing earthquakes and pollution, and the commission needs to distinguish them from other types.

“We don’t think we need to throw the baby of the legacy wells and the and the historic production and the disposal wells associated with them out with the bathwater, so to speak, by trying to address issues that have arisen,” Parrish said.

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Excellent representation at the OCC rulemeking technical conference

We had excellent representation at the OCC rulemeking technical conference on February 18th. David Guest was one of several OEPA members who addressed the Commissioners.

As expected, the changes proposed to the rules pertaining to disposal wells were a hot topic. OEPA weighed in on the reduction in the maximum injection pressure being reduced from .5 psi per vertical foot to .325 per vertical foot.

The second and last technical conference is scheduled for:
February 26th @ 10am
Room 301, OCC
3rd Floor of Jim Thorpe Building
2102 N. Lincoln Boulevard, OKC

OEPA will be attending to represent its members. However, your presence can make a difference. Please attend if you can and speak up if you want to make sure your voice is heard. It will make a difference.

If you cannot attend, please submit any comments and suggestions to admin@okenergyproducers.org.

OEPA officials talk about advocacy

OEPA Chairman Dewey Bartlett Jr. provided a short history of the organization and its mission during a lunch meeting Tuesday at Oak Hills Golf and Country Club. Their remarks included updates on bills affecting oil and gas producers who have conventional vertical wells. See the article here.
OEPA officials talk about advocacy

The Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance, a statewide organization that represents small oil and gas producers, is starting to be heard at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the Statehouse, said OEPA President Mike Cantrell.

“I think we’re in a position now where we’re beginning to make an impact,” he said.

Cantrell and OEPA Chairman Dewey Bartlett Jr. provided a short history of the organization and its mission during a lunch meeting Tuesday at Oak Hills Golf and Country Club. Their remarks included updates on bills affecting oil and gas producers who have conventional vertical wells.

Serving small producers

Bartlett said he and Cantrell used to be active in the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, a trade organization for the oil and gas industry. But several members of the OIPA, including Bartlett and Cantrell, came to believe that the OIPA favored horizontal well operators over producers with conventional vertical wells.

Those members later broke away from the OIPA and formed a new group, the OEPA, which focuses on advocating for conventional well operators at the Legislature and the Corporation Commission. The new group began with 20 members, but it currently has more than 500 members scattered across the state.

“We feel like, and it’s very true, that we’re the grassroots organization that really represents the entirety of the conventional well operators and the independent operators in Oklahoma,” Bartlett said.

He said the OEPA has succeeded in temporarily blocking House Bill 3609, which would require operators of existing wells to take certain steps when they are notified that a hydraulic fracturing operation is setting up shop in the area. Those steps, designed to protect the wells, would include shutting in those wells and providing enough on-site tank storage to handle an increase in water production.

The 2020 Bills We Support and Oppose

OEPA Supports HB 1379 by Representative Zack Taylor (R) Seminole and SB 1577 by Senator Greg McCourtney (R) Ada.

Saltwater purge among priorities for OEPA

Daisy Creager | The Journal Record

OKLAHOMA CITY – An ongoing saltwater purge in Blaine and Kingfisher counties and the relationship between horizontal and vertical drillers will be among the issues the Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance will take up during the upcoming legislative session.

In a presentation to state legislators Thursday at the state Capitol, OEPA leaders discussed concerns they hope will be addressed. Kurt Bollenbach, managing director of Teocalli Exploration, a small independent oil and gas operator primarily located in northwest Oklahoma, discussed the ongoing saltwater purge occurring on the border of Kingfisher and Blaine counties.

Reported to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission July, the purge lead regulators to issue orders for the temporary restriction of disposal wells in the area. Bollenbach said the purge has been caused by producers disposing of the toxic water at too shallow of depths. Water with a salinity just shy of the Dead Sea’s is purging from cracks in the ground at a rate of 2 to 15 gallons per minute, enough to fill a swimming pool every day.

Water was previously disposed of at depths of 1.5 to 2 miles beneath the surface, but seismic activity led the industry to dispose at about three-fourths of a mile beneath the surface, he said.

“The seasoned producers I’ve had discussions with as well as those professionals who are truly concerned with resolving this problem, we’ve had a general consensus of two things. One, this is not naturally occurring, we’ve caused it. Two, the purge is a symptom of simply forcing too much water at too high a pressure in too shallow of zones. In other words, we’re just overdoing it,” Bollenbach said.

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New OCC Proposed Rules Jan. 2020

Attached please find the latest proposed Corporation Commission (OCC) rules (Chapter 5 amendment, Chapter 10 amendment). Unfortunately, in part, the OCC is reacting to the Blaine County purge (breakout to the surface). Currently the volume of the purge is approximately 6 gallons per minute. The consensus is that the purge is the result of approximately […]

Oklahoma Corporation Commission Update

Richard Parrish | OEPA Regulatory Affairs
FORM 1012 – Annual report of volumes for non-commercial/injection wells
Effective January 2, 2020, Operators will be required to electronically file Form 1012 reporting annual volumes for all non-commercial disposal/injection wells.  Beginning January 2, 2020, Operators will no longer be allowed to file paper copies of Form 1012 on the Corporation Commission’s new online electronic form system, OK eForm. In order to file your Form 1012s, you are required to register with and use the Corporation Commission’s new OK eForm filing system.   If you are not prepared or equipped to file your Form 1012s electronically, please contact the Director of the Oil and Gas Division, the Manager of the UIC Department, or the offices of the Corporation Commissioners, to request an alternative to electronically filing your Form 1012s. The Corporation Commission may be called at (405) 521-2211.
OK eForm – Corporation Commission’s new electronic form filing system
As a result of additional funding provided to upgrade its information technology capabilities, the Corporation Commission has developed and is implementing a new electronic form filing system, OK eForm. Ultimately this system will replace the current methods of filing forms and information with the OCC.  This includes both the current electronic form filing system and the filling of paper/hard copies. The User Registration Guide for the new OK eForm filing system is available at http://www.occeweb.com/OG/ogforms/eFORM_REGISTRATIONGUIDE.pdf. Operators can register or login on to the new electronic form filling system at https://www.occpermit.com/OKeForm/Login.  If you are not prepared or equipped to file forms electronically, please contact the Director of the Oil and Gas Division and/or the offices of the Corporation Commissioners, to voice your concerns and request that the Corporation Commission continue to accept the filing of paper/hard copy of forms or by fax or email as an alternative to the new OK eForm filing system. The Corporation Commission may be called at (405) 521-2211.