News & Announcements


NOTICE REGARDING RULES /NEW FEES FEB. 1

posted by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated ]

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 are: $250 for new applications and $125 for continuances. These fees will take effect on February 1, 2018.

Wyoming Reservoir Pilot Test Data Acquisition Program (WRPTDAP)

posted Jan 5, 2018, 3:23 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jan 5, 2018, 3:24 PM ]

The Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (EORI) is pleased to announce the initiation of a Request for Proposal (RFP) 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 program offers cost sharing on a dollar for dollar basis (50% or 1:1) with successful applicants.  EORI will provide up to half of the direct costs to conduct the study until the budget of $500,000 is exhausted or until June 30, 2018. The Institute will consider a number of projects to be funded that will address a variety of research topics. This program is open to all oil and gas operators and oil and gas industry vendors doing business in the State of Wyoming producing oil and gas from reservoirs in the state.


Wyoming has a rich and varied geology and therefore a rich and varied collection of geological traps and structures that produce oil and gas. The objective of this program is to gather a diverse set of real world operating data looking at various approaches to increased oil and gas production in these varied production scenarios.  Examples might be inter-well tracer tests to determine thief zones, connectivity, and flow characteristics of a reservoir.  New technologies that hold promise for solving production problems might be good candidates for pilot tests. Of interest to the Institute is our ability to address as many production problems/issues as possible across as many Wyoming reservoirs/rocks as possible. 


For more information, please contact the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute at (307) 315-6447

 

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!

Notice to Operators

posted Nov 8, 2017, 1:16 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 1:48 PM ]

Extra copies submitted with Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs)

Since the Office of State Lands and Investments has advised us they no longer need a copy of any APD involving state lands, and, since APDs are scanned when they are approved or denied, we ask operators to discontinue sending in copies with the original APD packet.

The WOGCC will continue to send to the operators the receipt, the Conditions of Approval page and the horizontal application acceptance or denial when the permit is approved.  If additional information is needed, the scanned image is available from our website.

We appreciate your cooperation and hope this is a win-win compromise.

Two New Members Joining the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

posted Nov 1, 2017, 8:29 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Dec 15, 2017, 2:55 PM ]

Governor Matt Mead has appointed Ken Hendricks to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (OGCC). Mr. Hendricks replaces Tom Fitzsimmons who resigned. Erin Campbell will begin her duties as State Geologist on November 21 and will join the OGCC at their December 12 meeting. Campbell will replace Tom Drean whose retirement is effective November 21.

“The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, with its wealth of experience and expertise, is a special group. I know the public and the industry appreciate the OGCC’s willingness to listen and make wise decisions,” said Governor Mead. “Ken and Erin are highly qualified and will continue the OGCC’s good work. I thank Tom Drean and Tom Fitzsimmons for their contributions and service.”

Ken Hendricks has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology (Montana Tech) and has over 30 years of experience in the upstream petroleum industry, both domestic and international. He recently retired from Anadarko Petroleum. He and his family have lived in Wyoming since 1998.

“I am very honored to be appointed by Governor Mead to serve the State of Wyoming as a commissioner on the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission,” said Hendricks. “In replacing Tom Fitzsimmons I have big shoes to fill, but I'm looking forward to working with Governor Mead, the other members of the Oil and Gas Commission, and the OGCC staff on the oil and gas issues that are affecting our state."

The OGCC meets the second Tuesday of each month at its office in Casper. The remaining meetings for 2017 are November 14 and December 12.  

NOTICE TO OPERATORS

posted Oct 17, 2017, 8:13 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 8:16 AM ]

The State Lands Office has been receiving Applications for Permit to Drill (Form 1) documents from operators.  Please do not send these APDs to the Office of State Lands and Investments as they are not required.

Governor Matt Mead Names Erin Campbell as New State Geologist

posted Sep 20, 2017, 10:36 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Sep 20, 2017, 10:43 AM ]

Governor Matt Mead has chosen Erin Campbell as the new state geologist and director of the Wyoming State Geological Survey, or WSGS. This role is not only responsible for studying the state's mineral resources and advising the government but also serves as one of the WOGCC Commissioners. Campbell is expected to take over the reins November 21st. To read more about Erin Campbell and her recent selection, please see this Wyoming Public News article by clicking here.

POLICY FOR PROTESTED APDs TO START IN AUGUST

posted Jul 14, 2017, 2:34 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 2:39 PM ]

NEW POLICY FOR PROTESTED APDs TO START IN AUGUST:  Due to the growing number of protested APDs that are continued on a month to month basis, the Protest Policy for Applications for Permit to Drill (APD) will start with the August 2017 hearings on all protested APD applications. You can read the new policy by clicking here


WOGCC Supervisor presents at Joint Minerals and Economic Development Interim Committee

posted Jul 6, 2017, 2:06 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 2:53 PM ]

WOGCC Supervisor presents at Joint Minerals and Economic Development Interim Committee

WOGCC Supervisor Mark Watson recently presented before the Joint Minerals and Economic Development Interim Committee on oil and gas development in Wyoming and state primacy. 

In his presentation, Watson said the WOGCC has seen a notable increase in applications for permits to drill (APDs) during 2017.  The increase is more about companies seeking to secure operatorship of a well versus actual drilling activity.  In Wyoming, when a company receives approval for a drilling and spacing unit (DSU), it is not a guarantee that it will be the operator of the wells in that DSU.  The company that receives the first approved permit for each well in that DSU will be the company that has the right to drill.  Right to operatorship is critical to companies. Drilling and completing a well requires several million dollars of investment, and the successful outcome of a well hinges on technical, downhole accuracy.  This creates an urgency to be the first company that submits and receives approval of a permit in order to be able to call the shots when drilling and completing a well.  Even though it costs $500 per application, it is well worth submitting APDs to get the right to be the operator.

Watson enumerated, that although 4847 APDs have been received and 3792 of those have been approved as of June 2017, only 25 rigs are operating throughout the state of Wyoming.  The large amount of permits is more about securing the right to operatorship verses actual drilling. 

Additionally, the WOGCC requires APDs for all mineral types i.e. Fee, State and Federal.  The agency has jurisdiction for well spacing, force pooling, fracking and flaring and to assign an API number to each well. 

When a well includes federal surface and/or federal minerals, it requires both state and federal permits.  Approval of federal permits can take up to two years verses 30 to 60 days with the WOGCC.  The Minerals Committee asked about state primacy as it relates to the oil and gas industry.  Watson explained that unlike the EPA, the BLM does not have the authority to issue state primacy and to change that would be an arduous and lengthy process.  Though there is a push among some state and federal legislators for state primacy with oil and gas, Watson recommended that working with the BLM to secure an MOU makes the most sense.  This has been successful in other cases and would be the recommended course for a successful and expedited approach.  However, with the new administration in place, Watson recommended a “wait and see” approach right now since there are many changes coming down from the White House.

In addition to touching on the WOGCC’s most recent rule changes including setbacks, baseline water sampling, authorization for flaring and venting of gas and bonding, the supervisor emphasized the state’s hydraulic fracturing rule.  With the incorporation of Chapter 3, Section 45, the WOGCC implemented a comprehensive “Well Stimulation” rule in 2010, which applies to fee, state and federal minerals.  The rule requires both pre and post chemical disclosure to the WOGCC including CAS numbers and is one of the most rigorous and transparent rules in the United States.  Many states ask operators to use the FracFocus website to disclose their frac components.  However, Wyoming is the only state that requires disclosure of a frac job’s makeup prior to operations. Additionally, unless a frac operation obtains Trade Secret Status for some chemicals, this information is accessible to the public on the WOGCC’s website. 

In the final portion of his presentation, Supervisor Watson touched on the timelines for the recent federal regulations.  These include the BLM’s Frack Rule; the BLM Methane and Waste Prevention Rule; EPA’s Methane Emissions from Existing Sources; and EPA’s Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed and Modified Sources.  All are in ongoing litigation.


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