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  • 02/20/2018 4:33 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado's top oil and gas regulator is stepping down to take a job with an energy consulting company.

    The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission said Tuesday Director Matt Lepore is resigning on March 4 after more than five years in the job.

    He'll become legal counsel and strategic adviser for Adamantine Energy, a Denver consulting group that works with energy companies dealing with regulators, activists, investors and others.

    Adamantine's founder and top executive is Tisha Schuller. Schuller was formerly CEO of the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, a major industry lobbying group in Colorado.

    The new director of the oil and gas commission will be Julie Murphy, currently assistant director for energy and minerals at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. That department is the oil and gas commission's parent agency

  • 02/09/2018 3:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), questioned a U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official today during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee subcommittee hearing regarding his legislation, the Lake Bistineau Land Title Stability Act (S. 1219), which would clarify the ownership of roughly 200 acres of land near Lake Bistineau in Louisiana that is currently occupied by more than 100 private landowners.

    Sen. Bill Cassidy

    In 1842, the U.S. government approved an 1838 original survey of lands in Louisiana. Based on this survey, the state transferred 7,000 acres of land around Lake Bisteneau to the Bossier Levee District in 1901, which then conveyed the land to private ownership three years later. In 1967, BLM resurveyed this land and declared a new boundary line in a notice in the Federal Register in 1969, but the agency did not notify all affected landowners of its claim to the lands or file its claim in local property records. After private landowners initiated an inquiry in 2013, BLM maintained its claim on the lands based on the results of the 1967 survey.

    Cassidy’s bill would make the 1842 survey of lands the survey of record by voiding the 1967 survey, nullifying the legal effect of any future land survey of the affected areas, and preventing the federal government from claiming the land in the future. U.S. Representative Mike Johnson introduced companion legislation in the House (H.R. 3392).

    The legislation is supported by landowners in affected the area (Lewis, Hollingsworth, Vogel),Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, the Louisiana Landowners Association, and the National Association of Royalty Owners.

    To read the entire articles.

  • 02/06/2018 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By Energy InDepth's Jackie Stewart

    For the past few years, we have watched the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and other “Keep It In the Ground” (KIITG) activists employ bait-and-switch tactics to try (unsuccessfully) to stop pipeline development and ban fracking. After epic failures across the state, fringe environmental activists have turned to launching fake landowner coalitions in a new attempt to mislead the public, with a prime example being the Tri-County Landowners Coalition.

    But these so-called “landowner” coalitions are nothing more than front groups for a small group of well-coordinated activists who have no interest in leasing or protecting royalty owner interests — but instead want to stop all oil and gas development in its tracks. And their overall goal is even more far-reaching than the oil and gas industry, as they have publicly stated they want to “decide what industries come in here.”

    In response to these fake landowner groups in Ohio, the actual national landowner advocacy group – the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) – recently told EID,

    “This constant drum beat by folks who do not want any fossil fuels developed under the guise of ‘local control’ is tiring, and for those of us who have a national perspective is anything but local. Most of the groups claiming to be ‘local grassroots’ organizations may have enlisted a few local residents to carry the banner, but don’t be fooled. The tell on who is behind them is the rhetoric they spew which is the exact same message developed by Food and Water Watch, Food and Water Action, Sierra Club, Green Peace, etc., who are anything but local. Don’t believe me? Just visit any of those organizations’ websites and see what they say about oil and gas, and you will find the exact same talking points these supposed local grassroots groups are using. They all point to lack of federal Safe Drinking Water Act authority over the oil and gas industry as some terrible miscarriage of justice. Look, this is NOT about local control. This is a private property issue.  This is about a few who want to control everyone else for their own selfish reasons.”

    So who’s behind the fake Tri-County Landowners Coalition?

    Launched by Frack Free Ohio activist Bill Baker, the so-called Tri-County Landowners Coalition “represents” three Ohio counties — Richland, Ashland, and Holmes — and includes, Hayesville Community on Fracked Gas (HCFG), Clear Fork Landowners Group (CFLG), Advocates for Local Land (ALL), and the Monroe Township Landowners Coalition (MTLC).

    It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Baker and Frack Free Ohio, but he is no stranger to pushing anti-fracking activities in Ohio. Recall that Baker was behind a Community Bill of Rights effort in 2013 in Richland County, as well.  Five years later, Baker is now attempting to launch this fake coalition, backed by what appears to be about five people, including Elaine Tanner, program director for the nonprofit Friends For Environmental Justice (FFEJ). Tanner recently claimed she has been “a lifelong resident” of Ohio, yet as recently as September 2015, she was identified as part of the Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC), in that case fighting the coal industry, and was quoted as being a resident of Letcher County, Ky.

    “Our lives in Appalachia are being shortened,” pointed out Elaine Tanner of Letcher County (Kentucky), noting the ‘unimaginable damage to our environment’ coal companies are leaving behind and the ‘legacy pollution we face in our future.’ She said that coal companies should be held accountable for this damage. (emphasis added).

    A recently staged press conference was clearly coordinated by OccupyEarth USA, as the event was filmed and posted to their YouTube page immediately after its conclusion. OccupyEarthUSA, in conjunction with United Citizen Action Network (UCAN), also enlisted Baker’s help to raise money to launch the epic failure of the Ohio #NODAPL copycat camp last year to stop leasing of federal minerals in Ohio’s Wayne National Forest.  For the record, the website for UCAN Ohio no longer exists, nor do the bogus copycat camps.

    So why the landowner angle these days? 

    Click To finish the article

  • 02/05/2018 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We have just been informed Apache is changing the way post-production costs maybe be reflected on your check detail.  

    Beginning Feb 2018 check, post-production costs will be reflected in the deduction column of the check detail.  This change is indirectly related to a new accounting pronouncement issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Accounting Standards Update No 2014-09 Revenue from Contracts with Customers (topic 606). 

    There is a change in the website address where you can access your owner data.

    Your owner data is now located at https://secure.OildexDXcom/apache 

    In July 2017 Oildex acquired the Financial Data Exchange and Owner relations products and services from PDS Energy Information, Inc.  These services were previously used to host Apache Owners' data.

    For questions contact Owner Relations 800-272-2434 or in the Houston area 713-296-6052 or by email

  • 02/02/2018 2:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Department of the Interior this week quietly removed Obama-era reforms to the leasing of federal land for oil and gas drilling in a move to "simplify and streamline" the process, according to a memo sent to field staff on Jan. 31.

    The instruction memorandum sent to field officials by the acting director of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management (BLM) updated the review process for leasing out federal land for oil and gas production to speed up permitting of new lease sales.

    The memo effectively erases the reforms implemented by the Obama administration aimed at including input from environmentalists and local tourist industry groups in the process of leasing federal land for drilling, which the oil and gas industry said was time-consuming and redundant.

    "This [Instructional Memorandum] aims to simplify and streamline the leasing process for more efficient and effective oil and gas lease management," the memo said, adding that policy changes would result in "additional revenue from increased lease sales" and reduced costs for environmental reviews and responses to protests.

    To read the full article, click here

  • 01/30/2018 2:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Exxon Mobil on Tuesday (1/30/18)  said it will triple its production of oil and chemical feedstocks in one of the most productive shale basins in the United States and expand infrastructure to bring those products to market by 2025.

    The announcement came one day after the world's largest publicly-listed oil company said it would ratchet up its U.S. investments to $50 billion over the next five years, in part due to the benefit of recent U.S. tax cuts.

    The Irving, Texas-based oil major said it plans to increase total daily production in the U.S. Southwest's Permian Basin by 600,000 barrels of oil equivalent, a measure of crude, natural gas and other product output. In 2016, Exxon's total output was 4.1 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.

    Exxon expects crude oil production alone to increase five-fold in the Permian, which runs beneath western Texas and eastern New Mexico. Last year, Exxon doubled its Permian holdings through the $5.6 billion acquisition of companies owned by the Bass family.

    Read the full story
  • 01/30/2018 9:07 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the first month of 2018 comes to a close, the situation for the U.S. oil and gas industry remains highly positive. Several current news stories help to paint this rosy picture.

    First, the U.S. rig count remains remarkably stable. 

    Wait, didn't we just see headlines that the Baker Hughes weekly rig count jumped by 11 last week? Well, yeah, but that came after a pretty flat month overall. And when you look at the current DrillingInfo daily rig count, you see that measure of drilling activity in the U.S. is essentially flat since mid-December.  (Do you know that NARO Texas members get a FREE one yr, one county subscription to DrillingInfo??)

    So what does that tell us? Well, if we look at nothing but the number and how it goes up or down on a weekly or daily basis, not much. But if we look at it as a measure of industry activity over time — like the last six weeks, in the case of the DrillingInfo count — it tells us that the industry is not to this point engaging in the self-destructive rush to increase drilling that we saw at the start of 2017. Remember, that rush to drill resulted in dumping the price for WTI by about $10/bbl by April of last year.

    This stability — unanticipated by most energy experts — appears to be holding true even as the price for WTI has climbed over $65/bbl, a level at which most forecasters would have anticipated another rush to drill. So what's up with that?

    The big independent producers are focused on capital discipline.

    It's important to remember that more than 70% of U.S. shale oil and natural gas wells are drilled by a relative handful of large, independent producers. In a really good piece published at Platt's late last week, CEOs at several of those companies talked about their plans for 2018. The headline of the piece — "North American E&Ps to Focus on Capital Discipline" — basically tells the story.

    These companies do plan to increase their overall production during 2018, but in a change from 2017, when they achieved that goal mainly by activating hundreds of additional drilling rigs, they plan to meet their goals this year through the utilization of improved completion and fracking technologies. Note that the other, equally important main goal for these companies this year is to increase returns to shareholders and investors.

    "Many operators, led by Anadarko Petroleum (APC), have already begun to take action to return cash to shareholders, sell non-core assets to shore up balance sheets or announce growth programs that are limited to internally generated cash flows," notes Gordon Douthat, a senior adviser at Wells Fargo. Indeed, we see exactly this sort of capital allocation taking place across the large E&P sector.

    Given this information, no one should be surprised at all by the relatively static rig count through January — that's actually the plan, as these companies have goals of growing overall production through maximizing recoveries from each well drilled rather than through drilling more and more wells.

    "Oil Boom Gives the U.S. a New Edge in Energy and Diplomacy"

    Ordinarly, we would expect to see a headline such as this in an industry trade publication or attached to a position paper put out by the Trump administration. But guess what? That's actually the headline attached to a Jan. 28 story run by ... wait for it ... The New York Times. No kidding.

    The piece itself, authored by Clifford Krauss, essentially points out the reality that the Trump plan for U.S. energy dominance is proceeding apace, although without actually giving the Trump policies any overt credit for making it happen. Here's a key passage from the piece:

    The results go far beyond the economic, offering Washington strategic weapons once unthinkable. The United States and its allies now have a supply cushion at a time when political turmoil in Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria is threatening to interrupt flows to markets.

    Only a few years ago, such threats — along with a recent pipeline failure in the North Sea and storms in the Gulf of Mexico — would have sent the price of crude soaring. Instead, the rise has been muted, and gasoline at the pump remains below $2.60 a gallon across most of the United States.

    The new energy power also relieves pressure on Washington to act militarily if tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia break out into war. And it gives Washington the leeway to apply sanctions on other producers — as it has in Russia, and may in Iran or Venezuela — with far less risk to the global economy.

    Now, compare that with how I summed up the Trump plan for U.S. energy dominance when it was articulated by the administration last summer:

    When President Trump talks about his goal of Energy Dominance, he’s referring to a plan that envisions implementing policies that encourage four major elements:

    • Taking full advantage of America’s amazing abundance of oil, natural gas and coal;

    • Increasing exports of all three of those fossil fuels and their related products;

    • Relying more on imports of oil from Canada, Mexico and other Western Hemisphere nations, and less on imports from the Middle East and North Africa; and

    • Leveraging all of those three elements to enhance U.S. bargaining positions in its foreign policy initiatives.

    Now, we can argue all day long about whether or not America's new position of international strength has anything to do with the policy choices implemented thus far by the current administration, but it's pretty obvious that they haven't hurt. Domestic production is up, exports are up, reliance on Western Hemisphere imports is up, and the result, as The New York Times notes, is a suddenly enhanced bargaining posture for the United States.

    Regardless of who gets the credit, what it all amounts to is a pretty rosy current situation for the domestic oil and gas industry. How long this will last is anyone's guess, but it sure is a welcome change from the previous three years.

  • 01/29/2018 9:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Given that the nation's news media was focusing about 23 out of every 24 hours each day on breathless reports about the "shutdown" of some small percentage of the federal government, some of you may be wondering how this "shutdown" is going to impact the oil and gas industry.

    The short answer to that question is "not much." A longer and more detailed answer follows.

    Upstream operating companies are going to continue to drill and frac and produce oil and natural gas from their wells, just as if nothing has happened in the nation's capital. All of their people are going to keep having to show up for work on each and every business day. This will disappoint some of them, but most will be pretty happy about continuing to receive their paychecks.

    The oil and natural gas from those hundreds of thousands of wells will continue to mostly flow into pipelines, although a small percentage of the oil will keep getting transported via thousands of trucks or rail cars. Yes, the railroads will keep running, and the nation's interstate highway system remains open, despite the catastrophic impressions you may be getting from the myriad sensational reports on the various cable news networks.

    Pipeline companies will continue receiving and moving all the oil and gas that fuels the preponderance of our nation's economy, just as they do when 100% of the federal government is open.

    LNG export facilities will continue liquefying some of that natural gas and putting it on ships, which will continue to export that LNG to international markets. The remainder of that natural gas will continue to be delivered to local distribution companies for home heating, power plants for the generation of electricity, and manufacturing facilities that use natural gas as a feedstock for the production of a vast array of products we all use in our everyday lives.

    Most of that crude oil will continue to be taken by the nation's refineries and turned into the gasoline, diesel and other petroleum products that drive our country's transportation sector. A growing portion of it will continue to be loaded onto tanker ships and exported onto an increasingly competitive global market.

    In other words, even though the oil and gas industry is heavily regulated by the federal government, it remains a private enterprise  , and as such, its operations will hardly be impacted in the near term by this partial federal shutdown.

    Now, if this shutdown goes on for a long period of time, then some impacts would show up, mainly in the area of permitting  operations on federal and Indian lands, and in the federally controlled waters off the country's various coasts. The workers at the Interior Department who control the issuance of permits to drill and conduct other operations in the various federal and Indian provinces are not considered to be "essential" employees, and will not be reporting for work today.

    But even this impact is likely to be quite minimal. Looking back through history, the longest period of time any government shutdown has lasted was 32 days, from December 5, 1995 through January 6, 1996. None of the others have lasted more than 18 days, and the vast majority of the 18 previous shutdowns have lasted less than a week.

    The issuing of drilling permits and other approvals by the federal government is already an exercise in often interminable delays. The current shutdown is likely to only add a handful of days to what is already a long waiting game. Even adding 32 days would not end up creating a significant impact on operators on federal and Indian lands.

    The issuance of permits related to the nation's interstate oil and gas pipelines will also be impacted, given that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency that governs such permits, is not classified as an "essential" service. Again, just as with the Interior Department's permitting processes, the delays at FERC will equal the number of days the shutdown lasts. Given that the pipeline industry just ended a year during which FERC spent half the year without a quorum of appointed commissioners, a shutdown that will most likely last a handful of days pales in comparison.

    For those worrying that the shutdown means that those bad ol' fossil fuel industries will be free to just pollute to their heart's content, well, no, that's not in the cards, either. The EPA was declared an "essential" service during the Clinton Administration, and thus, all of that agency's employees will still be reporting for work as normal.

    So, at the end of the day, this partial government shutdown is very likely to show up on the oil and gas industry's books as a basic non-event. Now, if this shutdown were to set a new record for duration, that could change, and I'll come back and give you an update at that time. Somehow, I don't think that will become necessary. Just a hunch.

    [Note: And just like clockwork, barely four hours after I posted this piece, the Senate agreed to end the government shutdown. Oh, well, it was a fun piece to write.]


  • 01/29/2018 9:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Bureau of Land Management released an environmental study on Friday for a 5,000-well oil and gas project in Converse County, Wyoming.

    Five major players in Wyoming industry proposed the joint project, which would cover 1.5 million acres, just north of Interstate 25 between Glenrock and Douglas, and take place over a period of 10 years. Each well proposed is expected to last about 30 years, according to the environmental study.

    It’s a hefty undertaking in a region of Wyoming that’s already expecting another oil and gas boom if prices hold.

    Anadarko Resources, Chesapeake Energy, EOG Resources, SM Energy and Devon Energy are the partners on the proposal, first made in 2014, before the oil sector busted. The Bureau of Land Management anticipates the joint approach to drilling in the southern Powder River Basin will generate more than 8,000 jobs and between $18 billion and $28 billion in revenue.

    About 90 percent of the land is private or state owned. Only about 6 percent of the project’s 1,500 well pads will be built on Bureau of Land Management Land. The remainder is on the U.S Forest Service-managed Thunder Basin National Grasslands.

    Public comment opportunities-

    If you are a mineral owner who has land that will be developed send a THANK YOU and comments about what this development means to you.

    The Bureau of Land Management is accepting public comment on the joint oil and gas project  until March 12. 

    For project documents visit

    Written comments are  accepted by email at the following address:

    And by conventional mail addressed to the Bureau of Land Management Casper Field Office:

    Attn: Mike Robinson, Project Manager

    2987 Prospector Drive

    Casper, WY 82604

  • 01/28/2018 6:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Oil prices continue to surge, briefly topping $66 a barrel Thursday as storage shrinks and oil and natural gas companies finalize their 2018 budgets.

    Another sharp drop in storage levels likely indicates the U.S. and global markets are working through the global storage glut and returning to more familiar supply-and-demand fundamentals.

    Russia and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries continue to hold global supply in check with their agreement to scale back production, but oil demand in the United States and worldwide also is continuing to grow.

    As a result, U.S. commercial storage declined by another 1.1 million barrels in the week ending Jan. 19, settling at 411.6 million barrels, according to a report the U.S. Energy Information Administration released Wednesday. The storage is down 16 percent from 488.3 million barrels one year ago.

    The drop is much sharper in Cushing, home to the country's largest commercial storage hub. Cushing's storage measured in at 39.2 million barrels last week, down 3.2 million barrels from the previous week and off 38 percent from 63 million barrels in November 2017.

    Oil prices also have been boosted by a weakening dollar, which this week reached a more than three-year low compared to other currencies.

    Domestic benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude — which is priced in Cushing — gained 36 cents Thursday to $65.98. The price has gained almost 50 percent from just more than $44 a barrel in June 2017.

    International benchmark Brent crude added 41 cents Thursday to $70.94 a barrel.

    Natural gas gains

    Natural gas prices also are gaining ground. The colder-than-normal winter has led to deeper-than-average storage withdrawals, and forecasters are predicting another wave of cold weather next week.

    The benchmark natural gas price slipped 6 cents Thursday to $3.45 per thousand cubic feet, but still is up 31 percent since Christmas.

    While cold weather has driven up natural gas prices in recent weeks, the price is likely to soon stabilize again, the EIA said in a report Thursday.

    The price has spent much of the past 18 months restrained between $2.80 and $3.40 per thousand cubic feet. The government said Thursday the price likely will average near $2.88 in 2018 and $2.99 in 2019.

    "Lower prices in 2018 and 2019 reflect EIA's expectation of increased natural gas production and relatively flat consumption," the report stated.

    Natural gas consumption is expected to increase slightly in both 2018 and 2019, with combined residential and commercial use to grow by about 1.3 billion cubic feet per day in 2018 and remain near that level in 2019, the report stated.

    We'll find out more about domestic oil and natural gas production over the next month. The major integrated oil companies are scheduled to begin releasing their 2017 earnings and 2018 budgets in early February, with independent producers set to detail their reports by the end of February.

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