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Texas Oil and Gas Associations to Merge

Texas Oil and Gas Associations to Merge

The Boards of Directors of the North Texas Oil and Gas Association (NTOGA) and the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Association (WeCTOGA) have approved a plan to merge the two organizations, which when completed, would become the largest membership association of any state oil and gas group in the country. Both were organized in the early 1930s to represent independent oil and gas companies that primarily explore for and produce crude oil and natural gas.

The merger would result in a mega organization with approximately 1,700 members, second only to the national Independent Petroleum Association of America in size. NTOGA's membership comes from 120 different cities and 18 states, but 75% live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area north to the Red River. The two groups are made up mostly of small- to medium-sized independents, and most operate in Texas.

"It's a sign of the times," said Alex Mills, NTOGA's executive vice president. Under the merger plan, Mills will become chief of staff. "In the last downturn, the last bust, we were badly hurt. We now have fewer people, fewer independents. This really became a necessity."

Mills said that the two associations were duplicating their efforts, and found they did not have the luxury to fund two staffs to work on the same projects. "This will make us more efficient, and offer a better product at a lower cost."

The headquarters would remain in Wichita Falls, with a regional office in Abilene. WeCTOGA's Executive Vice President Bill Stevens would become executive vice president and would run the government relations program.

The merger plan will be presented to WeCTOGA's members on July 17 in Abilene and to NTOGA's members on July 18 in Wichita Falls. The members also are expected to vote on a new name, said Mills. With membership approval, the merger plan then would become final with an okay from the Texas Secretary of State.

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