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The association emphasizes the importance of getting involved in the case now to correct the Superior Court’s error in overlaying the Hoge analysis onto the Dunham rule. “It’s clear that the Powers estate heirs claimed in the trial court that ‘natural gas is a mineral’ and (it is) equally clear that the Superior Court morphed that into ‘whether Marcellus Shale is a mineral,’” says PIOGA President and Executive Director Lou D’Amico. “Consequently, our

organization had to get involved at this early stage to show the Supreme Court that the Superior Court’s ruling should be reviewed and reversed as soon as possible.” PIOGA’s filing with the Supreme Court emphasizes that the Marcellus Shale industry “has created tens of thousands of new jobs, generated billions of dollars in tax and lease revenues for the commonwealth and billions of dollars in payments to royalty owners, and has helped Pennsylvania’s economy recover from a re-

cession.” This economic progress, the association warns, could be undermined if the Supreme Court does not correct the error of law made by the Superior Court. As of mid-November, the Supreme Court had not indicated whether it would accept the Butlers’ appeal or PIOGA’s amicus filing, or whether the high court would instead allow the case to return to the Susquehanna County Court of Common Pleas as directed by the Superior Court, the association notes. r

Board Withdraws Geologist Licensing
AUSTIN, TX.–After the Texas Board of Professional Geoscientists (TBPG) proposed new rules earlier this year to require geoscientists working in the oil and gas industry to obtain certification, TIPRO says it and many of its members reacted swiftly to halt adoption of the rules. TIPRO says the original rule proposed by TBPG would have required petroleum geologists to be certified to perform work for which they previously were exempt by Texas law. The association notes that the Texas Geoscience Practice Act (TGPA), which was enacted in 2001, set forth regulations for the public practice of geoscience, establishing qualifications for licensed geoscientists. However, petroleum geoscientists were specifically and intentionally exempted from certification, TIPRO says. It says TBPG established an oil and gas advisory work group in November 2009 to address issues that individuals and companies in the oil and gas community faced in daily business interactions. The work group had petitioned for new rules that would provide more restrictions on qualified exemptions from licensing. Specifically, TIPRO points out, some of the geoscientific work that no longer would have been exempt includes: • Work and reports in support of determining carbon dioxide emission reduction credits, including CO2 sequestration credits; • Work and reports in support of plans for mineral exploration when the plans of exploration are likely to be used to seek financing from the public; • Work and reports in support of an oil and gas prospectus, or private placement memorandum, used to seek funding for an oil or gas exploration or development project; • Work and reports in support of reserve estimates intended to be used for financial purposes; • Work, including reports and plans, for shale fracturing, including geoscientific work for monitoring shale fracturing; and • Work and reports in support of predicting pore pressure. However, TIPRO says, the proposed rule directly conflicted with provisions of the TGPA. TIPRO maintains the legislative intent of the TGPA was clearly defined and supported by testimony offered by witnesses while the act was being considered by the state legislature. “We have a lot of geologists working in Texas who find oil and gas, and work in the minerals industry and so forth. Those people are not going to be regulated,” TIPRO quotes Mark Baker with the Texas Association of Professional Geologists during a 2001 hearing. If adopted, TIPRO says the proposed rule change could have had a severely negative impact on prospecting and exploration in Texas, resulting in the loss of talented petroleum geologists no longer able to practice their craft without a license. The rule also could have hindered technology development in exploratory plays, possibly stunting advancements that could help reduce waste, enhance production and better protect the environment, the association contends. In response, TIPRO says, the TBPG called a special board meeting and voted unanimously to withdraw the proposed rule. All together, TIPRO reports, the board received 375 written comments by the comment deadline as well as two petitions containing a total of 107 signatures, plus a number of comments submitted after the deadline. All but four of the comments and signatures opposed the proposed rule, according to TIPRO, which adds that TBPG intends to publish a notice of withdrawal in the Texas Register. The association says the TBPG also published an advisory opinion in the Texas Register in an effort to solidify the statutory licensing exemption for petroleum and natural gas geoscientists. TBPG’s opinion reads, “It is the opinion of the board that those who engage in the work performed in the exploration for and development of oil, gas, or other energy resources, base metals, or precious or nonprecious minerals, including sand, gravel, or aggregate, are not required to be licensed under the Texas Geoscience Practice Act.” This opinion, if adopted, will serve as a guide to help protect against any future efforts to require licensing for geoscientists working in the oil and gas industry, TIPRO asserts. Once published, it says, there will be a 30-day comment period on the advisory opinion. r

Frac Study Finds No Direct Link To Groundwater Contamination
WICHITA FALLS, TX.–Preliminary findings from a study on using hydraulic fracturing to develop shale gas suggest no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination, the project leader at the University of Texas at Austin’s Energy Institute reports. “From what we have seen so far, many of the problems appear to be related to other aspects of drilling operations, such as poor casing or cement jobs, rather than to hydraulic fracturing, per se,” says Charles “Chip” Groat, a university geology professor and Energy Institute associate director, who is leading the project. Groat provided initial observations from the study, which the Energy Institute is funding, at a briefing in Fort Worth. The Energy Institute’s final report, which is expected to be issued in early 2012, will analyze reports of groundwater contamination ascribed to hydraulic fracturing in North Texas’ Barnett Shale, as well as the Haynesville Shale in East
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American Oil and Gas Reporter 12/11
Contents
Reports
Calendar
Oil & Gas Counts
State Legislative
Industry Digest
Tech Connections
Washington Watch
Keystone XL
Liaison Committee
Shale Gas Subcommittee
Endangered Species
Midstream Startups Emerging to Meet Booming Demand
Liquids Resource Plays Have Oil Production Rising Again
Organizers Anticipating Big Things for 2012 PBIOS
Cover Story
R&D Areas Key to Improving Fracturing
Natural Gas Offers Solutions as Transportation Fuel
Completion Design, Frac Modeling Optimize Eagle Ford Wells
Novel Drill-In Fluid Excels in Horizontal ERD Wells
Technologies Optimize Sand Control
Operators Must Manage Risk Before, During and After Drilling
OCS Access: BOEM Offers Business-as-Usual OCS Leasing Plan
Court Finds for Insurers in Gulf Spill Ruling
OIPA
Clean Air Act
IOGA NY
COGA
IPAA Annual
Louisiana
West Virginia
Pennsylvania
Texas
The American Well Servicing Directory, Winter 2011
Industry Focus
Classified Advertising
Advertisers Index
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Tech Connections
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Washington Watch
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Liaison Committee
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Shale Gas Subcommittee
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Endangered Species
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Midstream Startups Emerging to Meet Booming Demand
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Liquids Resource Plays Have Oil Production Rising Again
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Organizers Anticipating Big Things for 2012 PBIOS
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - R&D Areas Key to Improving Fracturing
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Natural Gas Offers Solutions as Transportation Fuel
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Completion Design, Frac Modeling Optimize Eagle Ford Wells
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Novel Drill-In Fluid Excels in Horizontal ERD Wells
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Technologies Optimize Sand Control
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Operators Must Manage Risk Before, During and After Drilling
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - OCS Access: BOEM Offers Business-as-Usual OCS Leasing Plan
American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Court Finds for Insurers in Gulf Spill Ruling
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - OIPA
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Clean Air Act
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - IOGA NY
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - COGA
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - IPAA Annual
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Louisiana
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - The American Well Servicing Directory, Winter 2011
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Industry Focus
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American Oil & Gas Reporter - December 2011 - Classified Advertising
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