OGCC Secretary Update

Mick Thomas

Division Administrator, Oil & Gas

Secretary to the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission

This update was sent to the Commission on Saturday, November 30.

Current Items:
2020 OGCC Meeting Schedule
Omnibus Rulemaking
Well Activity – Plug and Abandon
News Article(s) of Interest

2020 OGCC Meeting Schedule
The OGCC Meeting Schedule for calendar year 2020 has been finalized:

  • February 5, 2020 @ 9:30am (MT) Boise – Boise City Council Chambers
  • May 13, 2020 @ 1:00pm (MT) Boise – State Capitol
  • August 5, 2020 @ 1:00pm (MT) Boise – State Capitol
  • November 4, 2020 @ 1:00pm (MT) Boise – State Capitol

Times, dates and locations are subject to change at the discretion of the OGCC.

Omnibus Rulemaking
At the September 25, 2019 Special OGCC Meeting, the OGCC 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. The Notice of Adoption of Pending Fee Rule was published in a special edition of the Administrative Bulletin, Volume 19-11SE, on November 20, 2019:
Notice of Omnibus Rulemaking – Adoption of Pending Fee Rule – Docket No. 20-0000-1900F; page 3089 (IDAPA 20.07.02 begins on page 3254)

Well Activity – Plug and Abandon
Surface reclamation is ongoing with land owners for the Espino #1-2, State #1-17, Island Capital #1-19, White #1-10 and Korn #1-22.
The ML #1-10 has been P&A’d, and the ML #3-10 is using those lines.
The Tracy Trust #3-2 is showing residual pressure of approximately 15-18 PSI and is being monitored daily to evaluate next steps.

News Article(s) of Interest
Scoping period opened for Wyoming pipeline corridor initiative

Utah oil and gas agency pursues its first fine in nearly 25 years
see attached pdf: SL Trib oil and gas fine

Audit: Utah’s oil and gas division has alarming lack of oversight

NOTE: The Idaho Department of Lands Oil & Gas Division actively monitors all oil & gas activities in the state, and the Commission has approved corrective guidance and fines to operators as needed. The Oil & Gas Division has lead or provided guidance on two audits of the industry over the past 24 months. Additional information can be found at the Commissions web page https://ogcc.idaho.gov/