News & Announcements


Proposed Policy Memo Regarding Preliminary Matters

posted Feb 19, 2019, 12:31 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Feb 19, 2019, 1:27 PM ]

In an attempt to streamline the hearing process, the WOGCC requests that all attorneys provide a written document regarding preliminary matters (10 copies) thirty minutes prior to the start of the monthly hearings.  The document will identify the applicant, protested party (if applicable), docket number and request to the Commission (i.e. continue, withdrawal, etc.) for each matter.

This policy, which will be effective starting with the March 2019 WOGCC hearings, will hopefully reduce the time for preliminary matters and provide for a more efficient use of the Commissioner’s time.

To access a copy of the policy, go to Policy Memos under the News and Notices tab on the homepage of the agency's website.

 

New Policy Notice

posted Feb 11, 2019, 9:31 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Feb 11, 2019, 9:34 AM ]

WELL LOCATION MOVE REQUIRES POST APD APPROVAL.  WOGCC Engineering staff has previously required, as a courtesy to affected parties and to satisfy Chapter 3 Section 8 (f) regarding horizontal well applications (HWA) and notifications, that any intended lateral moves specific to the completed portion of the well (FTP through BHL) greater than >100’ required a new horizontal well application, $75 check, notice to the affected parties, and sundry notice of intent of footage changes with supporting documentation. This is specific to changes made after the Application to Drill (APD) has been approved. To review the changes with these requirements, please find the memo by going to Policy Memos under the News and Notices tab on the WOGCC website.

You can also see the memo by clicking here.

Position Open

posted Jan 31, 2019, 2:17 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jan 31, 2019, 2:17 PM ]

The WOGCC has posted a position for an Office Assistant I - Casper.  To learn more about the position and to apply, please visit the state of Wyoming Administration and Information site at www.governmentjobs.com/careers/wyoming/jobs.




WOGCC Order and OAH's Recommended Order Now Available

posted Jan 24, 2019, 1:22 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jan 24, 2019, 1:27 PM ]

The Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (WOGCC) signed order and the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) recommended order regarding Anadarko E&P, Onshore LLC and the protesting landowners are now available on the WOGCC's website.  For those interested in reviewing the orders, they are located under the Hearings tab on the WOGCC website's homepage.  

SURVEY PLATS MEMO

posted Dec 20, 2018, 9:38 AM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Dec 20, 2018, 9:43 AM ]

ATTENTION OPERATORS  Please note the WOGCC Supervisor has issued a Survey Plat Memo reminding that all applications to drill (APD) submitted to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission must include a signed survey plat that complies with the requirements of Chapter 3, Section 8(i).  Those surveys that have been submitted but do not meet the intent of the rule could be denied.  Operators have until February 29, 2019, to submit a corrected survey plat.  After this date, any APD with a non-compliant survey plat may be denied. To see the memo in its entirety and to ensure survey plats are compliant to the WOGCC requirements, please go to Policy Memos under the News and Notices Tab at the top of the homepage or click here.

NEW POLICY NOTICE

posted Dec 7, 2018, 1:13 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 1:36 PM ]

HEARING APPLICATION AMENDMENTS & EXHIBITS POLICY   In an attempt to manage the administrative workload caused by the high volume of hearing applications and an increasing number of application amendments, a new hearing policy regarding amending applications will become effective December 11, 2018.  Any hearing application submitted to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission that is subsequently amended will be continued and assessed a continuance fee.  This policy will also apply to amendments made to any land, geologic, or engineering exhibits during an examiner hearing.  The amended application will be continued in accordance with the hearing schedule deadlines based on the date the amendment is filed.  This will provide commission staff adequate time to renotice applications and prepare the docket for hearing.  The applicant will also be required to renotice the application and provide a new affidavit of mailing.  

To view the policy in its entirety, please go to Policy Memos under the News and Notices tab on the WOGCC website or click here.

 

WYOMING eFORM IS NOW LIVE!

posted Jul 5, 2018, 10:12 AM by Tom Kropatsch

The link is available under the RBDMS tab on the agency's homepage.  Also available under the RBDMS tab are links to training videos and the user manual.  Please contact tom.kropatsch@wyo.gov or robert.meyer@wyo.gov with questions or for more information.


Attention Operators: Wyoming eForm To Start July 5, 2018

posted Jun 26, 2018, 2:20 PM by Kimberly Mazza   [ updated Jun 26, 2018, 2:36 PM ]

The Wyoming eForm application will be ready to use, July 5, 2018. 

Operators are strongly encouraged to use this new web application to electronically file Applications for Permit to Drill (APDs), spud and BOP notices, and baseline water quality plans and sample reports.  Operators quickly adopting eForm to file APDs will speed up the APD review time.

To get started, please send the Industry Member's name and contact information that will approve Wyoming eForm users for your company.  You may send their name and contact information to Tom.Kropatsch@wyo.gov or Robert.Meyer@wyo.gov.  As discussed during training sessions, users who previously had logins through WOGCC's legacy Electronic Reporting functionality should use their same information to log in to Wyoming eForm.  

Starting July 5, approved users will be able to access the eForm by going to the RBDMS tab on the WOGCC website and click on Wyoming eForm.  

If you have difficulty logging in to Wyoming eForm please contact Tom.Kropatsch@wyo.gov or Robert.Meyer@wyo.gov.

If you were unable to attend any of the training sessions, please refer to the RBDMS tab on the WOGCC website and click on RBDMS Training tools.  A recorded training session is available and thoroughly covers each step.  Also available are short videos to address some of the common questions.

For questions or concerns, please contact Tom.Kropatsch@wyo.gov or Robert.Meyer@wyo.gov

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.

 

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