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NOTICE OF INTENT TO AMEND/ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE WYOMING OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

posted by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated ]

Pursuant to Wyo. Stat. 16-3-103 et seq., the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) is proposing to adopt, update and amend procedural rules found in Chapters 1 and 3. The Wyoming Legislature passed Senate Enrolled Act 0012 (SEA No. 0012) during the 2020 Budget Session. SEA No. 0012 amends the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) authority to regulate underground disposal, adding the authority to regulate commercial disposal wells. This act requires the WOGCC to promulgate any rules necessary to implement the act. Therefore, pursuant to SEA No. 12, the WOGCC is proposing to amend Chapter 1, Section 2 and Chapter 3, Section 4 of its rules.

To read the Notice Of Intent To Amend/Adopt Rules and Regulations of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission and to view the changes proposed in Chapters 1 and 3, please click on the links below.

Notice of Intent

Chapter 1 Proposed (clean)

Chapter 1 Proposed (strike-underscore) 

Chapter 3 Proposed (clean)

Chapter 3 Proposed (strike-underscore)

Attention Interested Contractors:

posted Aug 4, 2020, 11:07 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Aug 4, 2020, 11:18 AM ]

Over the course of the year, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) will be requesting bids for several projects associated with the agency's Orphan Well Program. All service contractors interested in becoming a vendor for the WOGCC must first register with Public Purchase at the following: https://www.publicpurchase.com/gems/browse/home

Once registered, contractors will receive notifications of open bidding as soon as the WOGCC submits a project to Public Purchase.

General orphan well package information:

WOGCC builds packages of orphan wells based on geographical and logistical elements in the field. The bidding contractor (or their declared 3rd parties) is responsible for removing surface equipment, pulling tubing and wire, setting cast iron retainers, placing cement and/or bentonite, and cutting/capping and hauling equipment to specified laydown yards.  The bidding contractors are also responsible for maintaining and providing daily project updates as well as other bid related details to the WOGCC inspection staff.

Please contact Casey Toner, Sr. Inspection Specialist with any questions pertaining to this process at Casey.Toner@wyo.gov.

ATTENTION: WOGCC Hearing Update for August

posted Aug 3, 2020, 2:21 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Aug 3, 2020, 2:21 PM ]

The August 11, 2020 hearings before the Commission will be held in person at 9 a.m.  Due to the ongoing COVID-19 issues, only applicants before the Commission will be allowed in the Commission hearing room.  Witnesses that have received prior approval from the WOGCC may appear by Zoom.   

The WOGCC invites the public to listen live and view the hearing exhibits on YouTube.  The YouTube link will be posted on the WOGCC website the morning of August 11 at approximately 8:30 a.m.  

Coronavirus Update:

posted Jun 22, 2020, 1:33 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 22, 2020, 1:33 PM ]

Although some WOGCC staff are teleworking, the offices remain open. The agency will continue to be available to assist and carry out work in a timely manner. In order to limit the amount of outside traffic in our facilities, we ask that business needs be handled by phone or mail verses physically coming in especially if you are sick or not feeling well.  

If you have any questions, please call our offices at 307-234-7147. We know you have business to do, and we will continue to meet those needs as efficiently as possible. 

Continue to regularly check the WOGCC website’s homepage for updates as we all manage this unusual time.

WOGCC Deputy Supervisor Tom Kropatsch presents at the IOGCC Energy Resources, Research and Technology Committee Webinar

posted Jun 19, 2020, 10:00 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 19, 2020, 10:18 AM ]

Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) Deputy Supervisor Tom Kropatsch was a guest speaker during a webinar hosted by the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) Energy Resources, Research and Technology (ERRT) Committee. 

The IOGCC provided surveys to state and provincial oil and gas regulators this year.  Management of produced water for reuse inside the oilfield was one of the most frequently referenced topics. As a result, the IOGCC provided the Produced Water and Reuse Webinar designed to provide an overview of the issue from technical, industry and regulatory perspectives with a focus on U.S. onshore operations.

As one of the presenters, Deputy Supervisor Kropatsch presented on the WOGCC’s expertise in managing produced water.  You may view his presentation here.  

WOGCC Commissioners Pass Reduction in Conservation Tax

posted May 8, 2020, 10:20 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated May 8, 2020, 10:21 AM ]

Under Docket 1369-2020, the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) voted in favor of reducing the current amount of conservation taxes assessed on oil and gas companies to .0000 mill levy under Wyoming Statute 30-5-116(b). 

The news release can be found under News and Notices tab. 

Minutes from WOGCC Special Meeting

posted May 5, 2020, 11:25 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated May 5, 2020, 11:27 AM ]

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held a special telephonic meeting on March 31, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. The purpose of the special meeting was to reduce the amount of Conservation Taxes assessed under Wyoming Statute 30-5-116(b) and address filing requirements under Commission Rules Ch. 3 Sec. 41. 

The minutes of the meeting can be found under Hearings tab.

House Bill For Severance Tax Break Signed Into Law

posted Mar 30, 2020, 1:42 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Mar 30, 2020, 1:50 PM ]

Governor approves mineral tax break for oil and gas industry 

In the midst of unprecedented volatility in the global oil market, shale producers in Wyoming received a small boost Friday in the form of tax relief. Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law a bill providing reductions in state mineral taxes amidst certain price environments.

The tax break would kick in if the 12-month rolling average of oil prices falls below $50 per barrel. For natural gas, the 12-month rolling average would need to be less than $2.95 per thousand cubic feet. In these scenarios, the state’s mineral production tax — know as a severance tax — would be reduced by 2 percent under the new act.

Oil prices have plunged in response to the spread of COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus and a global price war. And several major oil and gas companies have started trimming their workforces or reeling in expenses. According to a Friday report by the Energy Information Administration, the oil market has never been this volatile, with a glut in supply and a shortage of fuel demand causing “extreme” price fluctuations.

The U.S. Department of Energy initially floated the idea of purchasing 30 million barrels of oil to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and ease the demand drought facing producers. But the stimulus bill passed Friday by the U.S. Congress did not provide such a provision. However, Randall Luthi, chief energy advisor for the governor, said the idea hasn’t been entirely pitched and could be introduced in financial aid packages down the road.

“House Bill 243 is the least we can do in the worst of times,” Luthi said. He added lawmakers may have considered extending even more relief to producers, had energy markets taken a turn for the worse earlier, during the Legislature’s session.

There are also limits to the bill. Oil operators will not be able to reap the benefits of the relief until the act goes into effect July 1. Eligible operators would see 2 percent chipped off their severance tax rate for the first six months of production, and 1 percent for the six months after that. Ultimately, the relief only applies to a well for one year. The bill was also meant to be temporary and includes a provision to sunset the relief at the end of 2025.

In the meantime, West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark, fell to $21 a barrel Friday — an over 65 percent drop from the beginning of this year. The realized price for oil in Wyoming plunged even lower.

“Oil prices have been murdered,” University of Wyoming economist Rob Godby said.

While larger oil and gas companies may be more poised to weather the downturn, mid-size operators with debt could be hit the hardest by the brutal price environment. Firms of all sizes have announced drastic plans to slash spending this month.

“At this challenging time for the energy industry in Wyoming, our top priority is the health and safety of our employees and families,” said Ryan McConnaughey, communications director for the Petroleum Association of Wyoming. “Beyond that, as a critical fuel supplier to the nation, we must make sure all aspects of the industry are considered to be essential by federal, state and local governments. Despite recent calls by activist groups to shut down all state activity, critical work must continue to provide reliable, abundant energy that heats and lights our homes, and keeps as many Wyoming people working as possible in these challenging times.”

The downturn in oil also has sweeping implications for the state’s budget, which continues to heavily rely on revenue from minerals. State economists had anticipated a loss in revenue from natural gas and coal. But the state had forecast rosier conditions for oil, even considering it a commodity to lean on as the state diversified its economy.

“This (current price of oil) is going to hammer the one revenue stream from minerals that the state has become more dependent on because of the ongoing declines in coal and gas,” Godby, the economist, said. “Obviously, oil is now potentially the worst of the three legs because of its price.”

Critics of House Bill 243 considered the cuts in severance taxes just another loss of revenue for the state at a time when revenue streams are drying up.

But Luthi said he hopes the bill could incentivize operators to drill in Wyoming. Relaxing severance taxes for operators could make the state a more attractive place to stay and continue drilling when the economy mends, he said.

Camille Erickson, Casper Star-Tribune, March 30, 2020 

ATTENTION OPERATORS: WOGCC'S RIG SCHEDULE ONLINE FORM AND TRAINING VIDEO NOW AVAILABLE

posted Feb 10, 2020, 3:44 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Feb 27, 2020, 10:34 AM ]

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission's Rig Schedule Online Form is available to use and can be found under the Electronic Forms tab on the WOGCC website homepage

The Google Sheet rig schedule form currently in use is being phased out and will remain available only for a short period.  Operators will soon be required to use the new web application to electronically enter their rig schedule information to notify the WOGCC of the wells they intend to drill.  

A training video on how to use the Rig Schedule Online Form is now available on the WOGCC website.  Please go to Training Tools located under the Electronic Form tab on the homepage of the agency's website.

It is highly recommended to watch the video since the Rig Schedule Online Form utilizes the new version of the WOGCC RBDMS forms system which is slightly different than the eForm APD forms system.

Templates for 8(m): Notice of Intent to File Section 8(m) Hearing Application, Objection to Section 8(m), Section 8(m) Application

posted Jan 29, 2020, 11:53 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jan 30, 2020, 4:07 PM ]

The WOGCC has developed three templates for 8(m) actions - Notice of Intent to File a Section 8(m) Hearing Application, Objection to Section 8(m), and Section 8(m) Application. It is highly recommended to use these templates to ensure the WOGCC obtains all the necessary information.  To access the templates, please go to the Hearings tab on the homepage of the WOGCC's website.  You may also open this page and click on any of the following:  Notice of Intent to File A Section 8(m) Hearing Application" Template, Objection to Section 8(m) template, Section 8(m) Application template.

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