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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
OEPA Supports HB 1379 by Representative Zack Taylor (R) Seminole and SB 1577 by Senator Greg McCourtney (R) Ada.
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.
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 […]