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RBDMS Training Webinar now available for viewing

posted Jun 21, 2018, 2:31 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 21, 2018, 3:25 PM ]

The RBDMS Training Webinar, which was recorded, and the eForm Industry User Manual that corresponds with the training video are now available on the WOGCC website.  

To view, go to the RBDMS tab at the top of the homepage.  

Please note, there is a slight delay for the audio to start once the play arrow is hit.  Also, the webinar was recorded live during the training webinar and does have a small amount of background noise at times.  

Coming soon to the WOGCC website will be short video clips that provide tips for using RBDMS.

WSGS Updates Online Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming

posted Jun 19, 2018, 1:54 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 1:54 PM ]

The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) completed another update to its online Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming, the second since the map launched nearly two years ago.

This most recent update highlights the fact that more than 580 oil or gas wells were completed in Wyoming in 2017 and more than 80 have been completed so far this year. This is up from the more than 360 wells completed in 2016. Of the new oil or gas wells, around 200 are in the Powder River Basin in northeastern Wyoming, primarily targeting the basin’s stacked reservoirs. The bulk of these stacked reservoirs are Late Cretaceous in age, meaning the rocks that currently hold the hydrocarbons were deposited between 100 million and 66 million years ago. In 2017, these reservoirs in the Powder River Basin alone contributed more than 60 percent of Wyoming’s total crude oil production, with the Wall Creek-Turner sandstones accounting for about one-quarter of the total oil produced.

More than 50 of the new wells were completed in the Denver Basin in southeastern Wyoming, primarily targeting the Codell Sandstone.

“Approximately eight percent of Wyoming’s 2017 crude oil production was from the Codell Sandstone in the Denver Basin,” says WSGS oil and gas geologist, Dr. Jesse Pisel.

WSGS geologists note operators in the Greater Green River Basin are starting to drill successful horizontal gas wells on the flank of the Pinedale Anticline. Nearly 400 wells were completed in the Greater Green River Basin, mostly in the large Jonah and Pinedale natural gas fields. In March, a horizontal well in the Pinedale field produced 54.5 MMcfe/d (million cubic feet equivalent per day) during a 24-hour initial production period.

“The average initial production from new horizontal wells on the flank of the Pinedale Anticline is about 7.8 MMcfe/d. This means the new horizontal wells have the potential to produce up to seven times more gas per day than a normal Pinedale directional well,” says Pisel.

“As oil prices have risen over the past year, we’ve seen drilling start to pick up across the state,” says WSGS Director, Dr. Erin Campbell. “We are interested to follow production over time from the new wells in the Pinedale field. But the big play, right now in Wyoming, is the Upper Cretaceous stacked oil reservoirs in the Powder River Basin.”

The web-based interactive map displays oil and gas fields, their producing reservoirs, horizontal wells, pipelines, oil refineries, gas plants, hydrocarbon products, and well production status. The map went live in July 2016 and was first updated in April 2017. The map complements the WSGS’ traditional and popular paper Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming(updated in 2016), which was first published in 1943. The online platform allows WSGS staff to update the interactive map more frequently as new data become available.

The online Oil and Gas Map of Wyoming is free to use and can be accessed at: http://www.wsgs.wyo.gov/energy/oil-gas-maps-publications. The WSGS welcomes comments and suggestions on how to make the map an even more useful tool going forward. Feedback and comments can be addressed to WSGS oil and gas geologist Rachel Toner at rachel.toner@wyo.gov.

More information about Wyoming’s oil and gas resources, basins, maps, and publications can be found on the WSGS website.

 

NEW POLICY NOTICE

posted Jun 12, 2018, 4:20 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 13, 2018, 9:26 AM ]

PROTEST POLICY FOR SPACING RELATED HEARINGS The WOGCC continues to deal with an increasing number of protested spacing related applications that are continued on a monthly basis for up to a year before any resolution occurs. This creates inefficiencies in the management of the monthly hearings and creates additional burdens on the staff. 

Therefore, starting with the July 2018 hearings, any protested spacing related application (spacing, additional wells, pooling, etc.) that is continued for a second time will be placed on an inactive docket (“B” docket) for a period of up to one year from the filing date of the second requested continuance. Once a second continuance is filed, the matter will be continued and placed on the “B” docket until the matter is either resolved by the parties or until the matter is set before the Commission at the request of either party. If the matter is not resolved within the one year period, the staff will file a request to dismiss the protest and the matter will be set before an examiner.  

Requests to remove a matter from the “B” docket and place it on the Commission’s active docket must comply with previously established WOGCC filing deadlines. 

To view the original policy, please go to Policy Memos under the News and Notices tab or click here

RBDMS Webinar Training June 18

posted Jun 11, 2018, 10:10 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 10:43 AM ]

The WOGCC will host a training webinar on how to use the Wyoming eForm (RBDMS) application. This new web application currently includes the ability to electronically file Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs), spud and BOP notices, and baseline water quality plans and sample reports.  Wyoming eForm will eventually replace WOGCC's current online Electronic Filing system to allow electronic filing for most of the agency's forms.  All operators are strongly encouraged to use Wyoming eForm to file these permits and notices.  Operators quickly adopting eForm to file APDs will create more efficient use of WOGCC staff time, speeding up the APD review time and allowing the processing of more APDs by the staff. 

The webinar training will cover the same material offered in the last three live seminars hosted at the WOGCC offices in April and May. If you were unable to attend a live training, please take advantage of this opportunity and sign up to participate in the webinar.  In this training, you will learn how to obtain a login and password and how to use eForm's menus and dashboard to file, manage and monitor your APDs, spud and drilling activities, BOP tests, baseline water sampling plans, baseline water sample reports, and baseline water sampling data management.  

Webinar details and how to register are below:

RBDMS Webinar Training

The webinar is limited to the first 50 people, so please be sure to sign up right away!

Date:  June 18

Time:  9 a.m. - noon

Link:    A link to participate will be sent to the first 50 registrants

How to register:  Please email kimberly.mazza@wyo.gov with your name, Company's name, email address and phone number

For questions or additional information, please contact kimberly.mazza@wyo.gov


2018 WOGCC Industry Meeting

posted Jun 11, 2018, 9:44 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 11, 2018, 10:23 AM ]

Mark your calendars for the 2018 WOGCC Industry Meeting and Reception, September 11-12 at the Casper Event Center.  Once again, the WOGCC will hold their events in conjunction with the Wyoming Oil and Gas Fair and Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute’s conference. 

The opening reception will be the evening of Sept. 11, and the Industry Meeting will be the afternoon of the 12th.  

Be sure to watch the WOGCC website. More information and opportunity to register will be coming soon!


NEW POLICY NOTICE

posted Mar 19, 2018, 8:28 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Mar 19, 2018, 9:19 AM ]

APPLICATION FOR PERMIT TO DRILL PROCESSING POLICY  The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) continues to receive an unprecedented number of applications for permit to drill (APD).  The monthly average for APDs received for 2017 was 1,050, which is an increase of 83 percent compared to the average for 2015.  In order for the WOGCC staff to efficiently process this volume of APDs,we are therefore implementing a system to prioritize the approval process.  

The staff will perform a basic completeness check prior to assigning the API number for all APDs received.  APDs to be processed for final approval will be based on an operator- submitted rig schedule every six months. 

Per Chapter 3, Section 8(h) the date an API is assigned is the date of issuance.  Further, the permit to drill (approved or unapproved) will expire two years following the issuance date effective for all APDs received on June 1, 2017 or later.  

Also note, that the rig schedule submitted by operators will be be considered confidential information.

To view the original notice, please go to Policy Memos under News and Notices on the home page or click here.   

Where To Find The WOGCC Oil and Gas Data

posted Feb 7, 2018, 9:19 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 3:44 PM ]

 

Please click on the "Data Website" tab along the top of the WOGCC homepage website.  This will take you where the WOGCC's data is housed.  

Information such as the WOGCC rules, hearing dockets, the Supervisor's monthly reports, facts sheets and a host of other documents can be found under each of the other tabs.

NOTICE REGARDING RULES /NEW FEES FEB. 1

posted Jan 23, 2018, 11:49 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jan 26, 2018, 12:44 PM ]

The previously proposed rules in Chapters 1 and 5, and new Chapter 6, have been adopted, effective 01/22/2018. You may access them on the WOGCC website under Rules.  They are also accessible on the Secretary of State's website. The new fees for applications set for hearing will be $250 for new applications and $125 for continuances. These fees will take effect on February 1, 2018.

Initial Winners of the Wyoming Reservoir Pilot Test Data Acquisition Program

posted Jan 5, 2018, 3:23 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 12:06 PM ]

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) announce the initial awards under the program designed to acquire real world Wyoming reservoir operating data in partnership with various technology vendors and Wyoming operators.

Data collected from approved projects will be used by the Institute’s research, engineering and geology staff to analyze Wyoming reservoirs and technologies. The goal being to suggest improved, economic methods for recovering larger volumes of stranded oil and gas which is at the heart of the Institute’s mission and legislative mandate. The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) announce the initial awards under the program designed to acquire real world Wyoming reservoir operating data in partnership with various technology vendors and Wyoming operators. Data collected from approved projects will be used by the Institute’s research, engineering and geology staff to analyze Wyoming reservoirs and technologies. The goal being to suggest improved, economic methods for recovering larger volumes of stranded oil and gas which is at the heart of the Institute’s mission and legislative mandate.

Current awardees include:

MidCon Pilot Project:

A test of the response in shaley, Cretaceous sandstones of the Sussex and Shannon formations to “cyclic water stimulation treatments”. These pilots will help us identify fluids compatible with the clays within the Cretaceous sandstone reservoirs in the Powder River Basin; a major factor in optimizing floods in these economically important reservoirs.

Ash Creek Pilot Project for Enercat Tool-SVP:

Test the effectiveness of Enercat tools to reducing emulsion in the oil storage tank and in reducing paraffin within flowlines of a Shannon reservoir that is under polymer (CDG) flood. Results should be applicable to other reservoirs under secondary recovery within the state suffering from similar problems.

Poison Draw Pilot Project for GreenZyme-SVP:

Test the effectiveness of GreenZyme in improving production in a depleted Teckla reservoir. Results from this study will most likely be applicable to analogous situations in other formations throughout the state.

Poison Draw Pilot Project for Enercat Tool-SVP:

Test the effectiveness of Enercat tools in reducing paraffin in the tubing and flowlines of a Teckla sandstone reservoir in a depleted field under primary production. Results should be applicable to other reservoirs under primary production throughout the state.

Rock Creek Field Project for GreenZyme-Urban Oil & Gas:

Test the effectiveness of GreenZyme added to injection water for improving production in a Minnelusa waterflood. Results from this study will be directly applicable to Minnelusa waterfloods in the Powder River Basin and perhaps to other reservoirs under waterflood throughout the state.

Signal Hill Company for side entry Viper Drilling:

Signal Hill Company is looking to increase production in the Recluse Member of the Muddy formation in Thompson Creek Field located in the Powder River Basin. It is currently under an Alkaline Polymer flood. The majority of the wells are vertical with a handful of horizontal wells. It would be uneconomical to drill more horizontal wells, so Signal Hill is going to employ Viper Drill, a service company providing mechanical radial drilling technology to existing vertical wells. Four mini-horizontals are drilled to bypass any skin damage, increasing the effective drainage size of the reservoir. The results could lead to multiple other operators employing this technology in older fields where horizontal drilling is not a reasonable option.

XRO Energy for Field Engineering:

The XRO East Echo Springs Production Optimization Project is focused on the Lewis, Lance, Mesaverde and Ericson formations in the Greater Green River Basin. The average life of wells in the field is only 15 years. This is leading to a loss of income across the board. XRO is testing a production optimization strategy that aims to increase production and thus well life across the field. The results could provide a methodology that will help numerous other operators optimize their artificial lift and surface facilities.

The program offered cost sharing on a dollar for dollar basis (50% or 1:1) with the expectation to leverage $500,000 of Institute funding to accomplish $1,000,000 of research in Wyoming. The first round of awards have exceeded expectations by fivefold. The $423,388 invested by EORI will yield $2,190,676 of direct research invest entirely in Wyoming. “We are so pleased with the response from operators and their willingness to engage the Institute,” says EORI Deputy Director Rob Hurless. “We now begin the process of collecting the data and advancing these field projects.”

Questions or issues related to these projects or the Institute can be directed to Steve Carpenter, Director (307-315-6442 or steven.carpenter@uwyo.edu), Rob Hurless, Deputy Director (307-315-6443 or rhurless@uwyo.edu), and Lon Whitman, Outreach Manager (307-315-6450 or lon.whitman@uwyo.edu)

RBDMS - COMING SOON!

posted Jan 4, 2018, 7:41 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jan 4, 2018, 7:42 AM ]

We are excited to announce that RBDMS is about ready to launch!  The WOGCC will be offering RBDMS training in the next couple of months.  Be watching the website for training dates and details!

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