OGCC Secretary Update

Mick Thomas

Division Administrator, Oil & Gas

Secretary to the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

This update was sent to the Commission on Friday, October 4.

Current Items:
Special Meeting – outcome
Class II Permit Status
Town Hall Meeting
News Article(s) of Interest

Special Meeting – outcome
On September 25, 2019, the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted to adopt the proposed rule as the pending rule for IDAPA 20.07.02 – Rules Governing Conservation of Oil and Natural Gas in the State of Idaho and authorize the Department to submit a Notice of Adoption of Pending Rule consistent with that adoption. Please see the Rulemaking page for more information.

Class II Permit Status
On Monday, September 23, AM Idaho submitted the documents for the aquifer exemption to the Environmental Protection Agency. The following documents were received by the EPA:
• A cover letter signed by Scott Ricks
• 7520-6 Permit Application for a Class II Well
• EPA – Underground….Application number ID2D001-A
• Aquifer Exemption Request Willow Sands – AM Idaho
• Flash drives containing the folder structure.
The Commission and the Department are not a party to this application and we do not have these documents, however we are following the process closely.

Town Hall Meeting
Our next oil and gas town hall meeting will be held Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Payette County District Courtroom at 5:30pm.

News Article(s) of Interest
Natural gas pipeline and terminal decision delayed in Oregon:
https://mailtribune.com/news/top-stories/state-delays-key-decision-on-natural-gas-pipeline-oregon-jackson-county-jordan-cove

Renewable energy requires mining investment:
https://www.courthousenews.com/renewable-energy-requires-mineral-mining-investment-experts-tell-senators/

New Mexico Land Office gets $1.5M from royalty audit – a 0.2% increase in oil and gas revenue for NM.
https://www.rdrnews.com/2019/09/28/land-office-gets-1-5-million-from-royalty-audits/

Four Pipeline fights to watch this term: (PDF).