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SpecialReport: Water Management
Frequently cited as a victim of such
abuse has been Transcontinental Gas
Pipeline Co.'s Northeast Supply Enhancement Project, which is intended to
carry Marcellus Shale natural gas from
Pennsylvania to the New York City area.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation denied Transco a
Section 401 permit in May 2019 (AOGR,
June 2019, pg. 19), and the New Jersey
Department of Environmental Quality
followed suit the next month (AOGR,
July 2019, pg. 18).
In February of this year, Williams
Partners LP announced it was cancelling
its 124-mile Constitution Pipeline from
Pennsylvania to New York's Southern

Tier (AOGR, March 2020, pg. 21), which
was denied a Section 401 permit by New
York in 2016.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality denied a Section 401
permit to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural
gas export terminal in Coos Bay, Or.,
along with the associated Pacific Connector
Pipeline (AOGR, June 2019, pg. 19).
And published reports note the state
of Washington denied certification for an
export terminal to ship Western states'
coal to China and other Asian countries,
relying heavily on considerations such
as climate change, although the state has
denied that accusation.
Such states are expected to mount

legal challenges to the new rule, published
reports indicate. One points out that 22
mostly Democratic-led states and the District of Columbia filed comments against
the proposed rule last October, citing
"gave concerns" that it would unlawfully
curtail sate authority.
Another report quotes California Attorney General Xavier Becerra saying,
"We won't stand idly by as (the Trump
administration) rips away our authority
under the law to preserve water quality."
And U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell, D-Mi., is reported to have tweeted,
"This decision is unconscionable and I
will do everything in my power to
oppose it."
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Report Spotlights The Mighty Permian
Although 2020 has brought some unpleasant surprises that have clouded the
future even more than normal, the Permian
Basin's massive economic contribution
to Texas is abundantly clear, indicates a
new Permian Basin Petroleum Association
report developed with the Texas Taxpayers
& Research Association.
"The year 2020 has brought sudden
unexpected challenges to Texas and to
the oil and gas industry," "The Permian
Basin: Enriching Texas" acknowledges.
"Economic caution from the spread of a
new coronavirus, coupled with a massive

temporary glut of oil on world markets
has put the Texas Miracle on hold, and
much of the oil and gas industry with it.
The story of Texas oil and gas has yet to
be written for 2020. The chapters of the
recent past have been about the Permian
Basin, as will those of our eventual recovery."
The study, which reviews the Permian's
oil and gas contributions to Texas state
and local finances during the past five
years, emphasizes the basin's recent ascendency. It notes that the Permian comprises 26% of Texas' land area and 4%

TABLE 1
Texas Top Producing Permian Basin Counties, 2019
Value of Production, Millions of Dollars
Rank

County

Value of Production

1

Midland

$11,815

Pct of Permian
15%

Pct of State
9%

2

Reeves

$11,422

15%

9%

3

Martin

$7,156

9%

6%

4

Loving

$6,982

9%

5%

5

Howard

$4,968

6%

4%

6

Upton

$4,880

6%

4%

7

Reagan

$3,769

5%

3%

8

Glasscock

$3,430

4%

3%

9

Ward

$2,999

4%

2%

10

Andrews

$2,699

4%

2%

Rest of Permian

$16,704

22%

13%

Total Permian

$76,825

100%

60%

Note: The value of production was estimated using oil, gas, and condensate production figures from the Texas
Railroad Commission and multiplying that by the average spot price of each product for that state fiscal year.
Numbers may not add due to rounding.

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of its population, but has become a such
a hydrocarbon heavy hitter that, in April
2019, Forbes moved it above Saudi Arabia's Ghawar oil field as the "World's
Top Oil Producer."
The report points out the basin's rich
history stretches back to 1920, and notes
that the basin's best days appeared to be
behind it by 2005, when fewer than one
in five Texas rigs were drilling there.
However, "Enriching Texas" details,
the oil and gas industry's technological
innovation revived the Permian by freeing
reserves previously deemed uneconomical.
From 2014 through 2019, it notes, the
region's transformation was manifest in
areas such as:
· Rig count, where in 2014, half the
state's operating rigs were in the Permian,
and by 2019, 70% of the state's rigs were
running there;
· Oil production, for which less than
half the state's output came from the Permian in 2014, whereas it grew to more
than two-thirds by 2019; and
· Natural gas production, for which
the Permian contributed only 17% of
Texas' total in 2014, a figure that would
grow to almost 40% in 2019.
Essentially, the report emphasizes, all
growth in statewide oil and gas production
during the past five years has come from
the Permian Basin, which has generated
huge sums for Texas coffers. The report
breaks that output down among the state's
top 10 Permian producing counties, with
Midland, Reeves and Martin counties
leading the way (Table 1).
"In 2019, Texas oil and gas producers



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