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ConventionSection: New Mexico Oil & Gas Association
is requiring production/injection verification tests.
"There is going to be a little more
flexibility with regard to temporarily shutting in wells, so that they don't need to
be prematurely abandoned because of
economic conditions," Drangmeister assesses. "That is a positive development."
A programmatic agreement identifying
archeological sites in the Permian Basin
has been expanded and provides a net
benefit to NMOGA members in terms of
providing faster turnarounds on permits
and rights-of-way requests, which are
substantially below the levels of recent
years, Drangmeister observes.
Roswell Artesia Field Rules
The association also continues to eye
an NMOCD proposal for special field
rules to protect deeper aquifers in the
Roswell groundwater basin in Chaves and
Eddy counties, Henke says. About 200
applications for permits to drill have been
put on hold, pending a hearing before the
Oil Conservation Commission.
"We are concerned anytime there are
rules proposed, but we are engaged with
folks, so hopefully we will get the proper
evaluation and science, and a conclusion
that won't be overly burdensome," Henke
offers. "We are evaluating (the proposed
rule) and engaged with state government."
The proposed special pool rule would
govern conductor pipes, surface casing,
intermediate casing, cementing, and hole
sizes to protect deep aquifers, according
to a NMOGA summary. It would require
an operator running conductor pipe to
cement and report usage because of concerns the conductor pipe could be a
conduit to freshwater. Surface casing
must be set between 425 and 450 feet to
protect the upper aquifer, and cement
must circulate to surface.
The rule also would require intermediate casing be set at 1,300 feet and
cement circulated to the surface, or the
operator must provide a cement bond log
or temperature survey, according to the
summary. Cement must be 500 feet above
the intermediate casing shoe. Hole size
will remain two inches greater than the
outer diameter of the coupling string.
NMOGA Convention
NMOGA's annual meeting gets under
way with golf tournaments on both Saturday and Sunday, Oct.1-2. Sunday's
tournament is followed by NMOGA's
opening night reception, Henke says.

NMOGA Annual Meeting
Santa Fe, N.M.
Saturday, Oct. 1
8:30 a.m. Halliburton Golf Tournament,
Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe
6 p.m. Baker Hughes Reception, La Fonda
Hotel

Sunday, Oct. 2
8:30 a.m. Schlumberger Golf Tournament,
Las Campanas Country Club
10 a.m. Registration Desk Opens, Eldorado
Hotel
6 p.m. NMOGA Opening Night Reception,
Eldorado Hotel

Monday, Oct. 3
7:30-9 a.m. Membership Breakfast, Eldorado Hotel
9-11:30 a.m. General Session
Year in Review, Cliff Brunson, NMOGA
Chairman
Panel Discussion: Douglas Brooks, Yates
Petroleum; Javan "Jay" Ottoson, SM
Energy; ExxonMobil Representative
(tentative)
Noon-1:30 p.m. Membership Luncheon
Keynote Speaker: Kris "Tanto" Paronto,
Former Army Ranger and CIA Annex
Security Team
2-3 p.m. Industry Forum
Aubrey Dunn, New Mexico State Land
Commissioner; Tony Delfin, New Mexico Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department; Butch Tongate,
New Mexico Environment Department;
Amy Lueders, Bureau of Land Management
3-4 p.m. General Session
Robert Balch, New Mexico Institute of
Mining & Technology Petroleum Recovery Research Center
6 p.m. Reception Honoring NMOGA
Board of Directors, La Fonda Hotel

Tuesday, Oct. 4
7-9 a.m. Membership Breakfast, Eldorado
Hotel
8-9 a.m. Board of Directors Meeting
9-10 a.m. Membership Meeting
Election of 2017 Officers and Board of
Directors
Presentation and Approval of 2017 Budget
10:30 a.m.-Noon General Session

"On Monday, Oct. 3, our general session will include a year-end review by
Chairman Brunson, and we will have
some member company representatives
sharing insights and outlooks on business
conditions and challenges, and what members can look forward to in the months
ahead," Henke details. "We try to get a
cross-section of members, including rep-

resentatives of independents and multinational companies."
This year's panelists are Doug Brooks,
CEO of Yates Petroleum; Jay Ottoson,
CEO of SM Energy, and an anticipated
representative of ExxonMobil, he says.
Kris "Tanto" Paronto, a former Army
Ranger who was part of the Central Intelligence Agency's annex security team that
responded to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack at
Benghazi, Libya, will be the keynote
speaker at the Monday luncheon.
"He was in the middle of it," Henke
says, "and is featured in the book 13
Hours, which is the account of the five
surviving members of the fight. His insights certainly should be exciting and
entertaining."
In the afternoon, NMOGA will host a
forum of state regulators, including State
Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn, Henke
continues.
"About a third of New Mexico production is on state lands, so the land
commissioner is very impactful to our
industry," he says. "In addition to Commissioner Dunn, we have invited the
acting secretaries for both the Energy,
Minerals and Natural Resources, and the
Environmental departments, in addition
to the state director for the BLM."
Robert Balch, director of the Petroleum
Recovery Research Center at the New
Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
in Socorro, will talk about the center's
work to improve oil and gas recovery.
"PRRC has been on the cutting edge of
innovations that have been impactful for
the industry," Henke assesses.
Monday concludes with a reception
honoring NMOGA board members.
"Most of Tuesday will be devoted to
our membership meeting, where we elect
officers and board members, and talk
about the 2017 budget," Henke says. r

Coming In October
Senior Hess Corp. geophysical,
geological and reservoir engineering
experts detail the technologies used
to unravel subsurface complexities at
the deepwater Stampede Field.
Scheduled for startup in 2018, Stampede holds an estimated 300 million350 million boe in recoverable
resources at depths of ~30,000 feet,
making it one of the Gulf's deepest
fields.
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