North Dakota’s three-member Industrial Commission (IC) on Monday unanimously approved final oil and natural gas administrative rule changes, which include requirements to notify authorities about spills, site assessments and royalty information.
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Black Stone Minerals LP, one of the largest owners of oil and natural gas mineral interests in the United States, has entered into a farmout agreement to develop assets in trending plays in East Texas, and plans to acquire a package of properties spread across 20 states from Noble Energy Inc. for $340 million.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is proposing to reduce the royalty rate for Gulf of Mexico (GOM) oil and natural gas leases sold during the August federal sale to 12.5% from 18.75%.
The West Virginia Supreme Court has sided with EQT Production Co. in a dispute over natural gas royalty payments, ruling that producers can deduct post-production costs in calculating the price at the wellhead.
Pennsylvania Republican Senate leaders have sent a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) questioning its plans for a new general permit for unconventional well sites and general permit revisions for natural gas compressor facilities. Senate President Joe Scarnati, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Sen. Gene Yaw, chairman of the energy committee, wrote the agency to say they fear the proposed revisions could jeopardize the industry’s competitiveness. They sent a series of questions asking what justifies the permits and what cost-benefit analysis has been conducted, among other things. The letter follows another from Republican state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe earlier this month accusing the agency of skirting the state’s Regulatory Review Act in opening the permits for public comment. The permits are part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plans to reduce oil and gas industry emissions. The proposals would also affect remote pigging stations, transmission stations and processing plants. DEP has said it is still early in the process and that it will continue to work with the industry on the changes.
Canadian drilling will stage a modest recovery this year, about one-sixth of the long way back toward the extended activity peak before oil and natural gas prices plunged in mid-2014, according to field service and supply contractors.
Less than a month into the new year, Pennsylvania lawmakers will gather on Tuesday for a legislative hearing about an oil and natural gas lease protection package that would, among other things, make it easier for landowners to verify proper royalty payments.
Alberta has gained a profit advantage in attracting drilling and will keep the edge when oil and natural gas prices rise, according to a review of royalty revisions that take effect in 2017.
Talisman Energy USA Inc. is being sued by oil and natural gas royalty owners with interests in the Eagle Ford Shale for allegedly manipulating production volumes by as much as 20-30%.
Roughly 700 people attended a town hall meeting on Wednesday in Bradford County, PA, where they were encouraged to contact state lawmakers and show their support for legislation that would help ensure minimum royalties for landowners with oil and gas leases. The county is one of the state’s top producers. The Bradford County Commissioners organized the meeting after voting to spend $15,000 for a public relations campaign to tell how landowners in the area are being cheated out of royalty payments (see Shale Daily,Sept. 9). Wilmot Township, which is also in Bradford County, passed a resolution this month to limit natural gas production over the post-production deductions that are reportedly lowering royalty checks there (see Shale Daily,Sept. 7). Lawmakers have tried but failed for years to pass legislation that would clarify the state’s Guaranteed Minimum Royalty Act of 1979, which sets forth the minimum payment to landowners. The statute does not address post-production costs and how they should be factored into royalty payments. The latest legislation, HB 1391, remains stuck in committee (see Shale Daily,June 26, 2015).