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Agency Name:Railroad Commission
Date of Meeting:09/07/2005
Time of Meeting:09:30 AM
Street Location:1701 North Congress Avenue, First Floor Conference Room, 1-111
City Location:Austin
State Location:TX
Status:Active
Date of Submission:08/30/2005
Additional Information Obtained From:Lindil C. Fowler, Jr., General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Railroad Commission of Texas, P. O. Box 12967, Austin, Texas 78711-2967, (512) 463-7190
Emergency Mtg:N
Agenda:NOTICE OF MEETING

RAILROAD COMMISSION OF TEXAS

Pursuant to Texas Government Code, Chapter 551, the following matters will be taken up for discussion and/or decision by the Railroad Commission of Texas at the William B. Travis Building, 1701 North Congress, Room 1-111, 1st Floor, Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, September 7, 2005, commencing at 9:30 a.m. The Commission may meet in Executive Session on one or more items, as authorized by Texas Government Code, Chapter 551.


RAIL

1. Application of Innovene Polyethylene N. A. for approval to deviate from the terms of the Railroad Clearance Statute; Docket No. 0003769ZZCL.


OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL-HEARINGS SECTION

GAS SERVICES PROTESTED

2. GUD No. 9585: Appeal filed by Atmos Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division, for Review of Municipal Rate Actions Regarding the Annual GRIP from the Cities of Caldwell, Celina, Coppers Cove, Corsicana, Crowley, et al.

3. GUD No. 9588: Appeal filed by Atmos Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division, for Review of Municipal Rate Actions Regarding the Annual GRIP from the Cities of Bertram, Blooming Grove, Cross Roads, Deport, Edom, et al.

4. GUD No. 9589: Appeal filed by Atmos Energy Corp., Mid-Tex Division, for Review of Municipal Rate Actions Regarding the Annual GRIP from the Cities of Burnet, Coleman, and Round Rock.

GAS SERVICES UNPROTESTED

5. GUD No. 9573: Statement of Intent Filed by Atmos Energy Corporation to Increase Rates and Change Tariffs in the Environs of the West Texas Service Area - Order Nunc Pro Tunc.

6. GUD No. 9576: Rate Case Expenses Severed From Gas Utilities Docket No. 9533 and 9534.

7. GUD No. 9602: Statement of Intent filed by Markham Gas Corporation to Change Rates in the Unincorporated Areas of Markham, Texas.

8. GUD No. 9604: Statement of Intent filed by S Energy, L.P., to Change Rates in the Unincorporated Areas Served in the Vicinity of Missouri City.

9. GUD No. 9605: Hemphill Contracting Co., Inc. D/B/A Mitchell County Utility Company Statement of Intent to Change Rates in the Environs of the City of Westbrook.

SURFACE MINING AND RECLAMATION

10. Surface Mining Docket No. C3-0023-SC-09-C: Application of Farco Mining, Inc. for Renewal and Revision of Surface Mining Permit No. 9B, Rachal Mine, Webb County, Texas.

11. Surface Mining Docket No. C5-0028-SC-00-E: Application by TXU Mining Company LP for Acceptance of Replacement Bonds with Third-Party Guarantees and Indemnity Agreements by TXU Energy Company LLC for Permit No. 3D (Big Brown Mine, Freestone County), Permit No. 4I (Martin Lake Mine, Panola and Rusk Counties), Permit No. 5F (Monticello Thermo Mine, Hopkins County), Permit No. 34D (Monticello Winfield Mine, Titus and Franklin Counties), Permit No. 46B (Oak Hill Mine, Rusk County), and Permit No. 49 (Twin Oak Mine, Robertson County).

OIL AND GAS PROTESTED

12. O&G 09-0241942: L&R Tank Trucks to Consider the Application to Dispose of Oil & Gas by Injection into a Porous Formation Not Productive of Oil or Gas. Lynch, G. Lease, Well No. 1, Sledge (Strawn) (84019500) Field, Montague County, Texas.

13. O&G 06-0242157: XTO Energy Inc. to Consider Amending the Field Rules for the Oak Hill (Cotton Valley) (66461275) Field, Rusk, Harrison, Gregg and Panola Counties Texas.

14. O&G 08-0242525: Waha Storage & Transportation LP Application Pursuant to Statewide Rule 97 for the Waha/Frost Lease, Winkler County, Texas.

15. O&G 03-0242323: Square Mile Energy, L.L.C. Application for Permanent Gas Well Classification for the Appelt et al. Gas Unit Well 1, Gilbert Woods (9490) (34807700) Field, Jefferson County, Texas.

16. O&G 0241523: Noble Energy, Inc. Application for an Exception to SWR 37 to Drill its Well No. 1, Cathy Hunter Gas Unit, 176.33 Acres, State of Texas. Survey, Potthast (Middle Tex Miss) (72681250) Field, and Wildcat (00006001) Field, Matagorda County, Texas.

17. O&G 03-0233440: Tristar Exploration, Inc. Enforcement Action Regarding Rudy, Manuel (173578) Lease, Well No.1, Rowan, South (10,500) (78618950) Field, Brazoria County, Texas. Violation of Rule 14(b)(2).

18. O&G 03-0238769: Fricke Production Company Enforcement Action Regarding Bayne (20646) Lease, Well No. 01, Caldwell (Austin Chalk) (14710500) Field, Brazos County, Texas. Violation of Rule14(b)(2).

19. O&G 03-0238473: American Energy Op. Corp., The Enforcement Action Regarding (018044) Operator, Quintette (23362) Lease, Well No. B11, B13, & D12 Dayton, North (5000 Sand) (23604800) Field, Liberty County, Texas. Violation of Rules 14(b)(2); 3(a)(1), (2), and (3).

AGREED ENFORCEMENT ORDERS (13 items; numbers 20-32)

20. LPG Docket No. 01796: Enforcement Action Against Leon Gas Co. regarding Click Automotive Enterprise, Hwy 75 S., Buffalo, Texas; Branding Iron Caf, NW Corner of Hwy 79 & FM 7, Marquez, Texas and Jewitt Tire & Tube, 1519 N Main, Jewett, Texas. Violation of LP-Gas Safety Rule 9.142(1) and NFPA 58 3.2.2.2.

21. LPG Docket No. 01798: Enforcement Action Against Gunderson Systems International, Inc. regarding DPT Laboratories, 5303 Distribution Dr., San Antonio, Texas. Violation of LP-Gas Safety Rule 9.101(a).

22. O&G 7B-0237667: Bridges, Travis Operating Enforcement Action Regarding Bridges, W. C. & L. L. (06360) Lease, Well No. 01, Palo Pinto County Regular (68707001) Field, Palo Pinto County, Texas. Violation of Rule 14(b)(2).

23. O&G 09-0243181: H.H. & W. Oil Co. Enforcement Action Regarding (341246) Operator, Tribune- Goat Spd 1985 (26096) Lease, Archer County Regular (03446001) Field, Archer County, Texas. Violation of Rule 73(I).

24. O&G 03-0243230: Big Run Production Company Enforcement Action Regarding Arco-Cushing #1 (10497) Lease, Well No. 01, Ramers Island, S. (Wilcox 8180) (74416600) Field, Tyler County, Texas. Violation of Rule14(b)(2).

25. O&G 08-0240202: Cochise Energy Inc. Enforcement Action Regarding Wilson, John H. (13769) Lease, Well No. 01, Quito (Delaware Sand) (73926500) Field, Ward County, Texas. Violation of Rules 14(b)(2); 8(d)(1); 13(b)(1)(B).

26. O&G 7B-0241510: Kolt Oil & Gas, Inc. Enforcement Action Regarding Kelley, R. W. (04829) Lease, Throckmorton County Regular (89812001) Field, Throckmorton County, Texas. Violation of Rule 8(b).

27. O&G 01-0238553: Osyka Oil & Gas, Inc. Enforcement Action Regarding Eklund, Carl Jr. (09328) Lease, Well Nos.1, 2, 3, 5, & 6 Salt Flat (79905001) Field, Caldwell County, Texas. Violation of Rule 14(b)(2).

28. O&G 04-0242340: El Paso Field Services, L.P. Enforcement Action Regarding Rectifier My-37 & My-39 Lease, Wildcat Field, Nueces County, Texas. Violation of Rule 5(a).

29. O&G 09-0236217: Capco Resources of Texas., Inc Enforcement Action Regarding (130351) Operator, Reeves Unit (24209) Lease, Well Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9 Archer County Regular (03446001) Field, Archer County, Texas. Violation of Rules 14(b)(2); 8(d)(4)(G)(I)(III); 16(a).

30. O&G 01-0236940: Freedom Energy, Ltd. Enforcement Action Regarding Bracewell, Frank (04871) Lease, Well Nos.2, 7, & 9, Pearsall (Austin Chalk) (69981125) Field, Frio County, Texas. Violation of Rules 14(b)(2); 3(a)(1), (2), and (3).

31. O&G 08-0242373: Aspen Operating Company, L.L.C. Enforcement Action Regarding (035430) Operator, White, G. R. (119481) Lease, Sheffield, Northwest (Canyon) (82868500) Field, Pecos County, Texas. Violation of Rules 8(d)(1); 8(d)(2); 14(d)(12).

32. O&G 7C-0240366: Raider Oil & Gas Company Enforcement Action Regarding Ricker -A- (00901) Lease, Well Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 Hughes, Ed. S. (00984) Lease, Well No. 2D, McCamey (58840001) Field Upton County, Texas. Violation of Rule14(b)(2).

OIL AND GAS UNPROTESTED

CONSENT AGENDA (42 items; numbers 33-74)

33. O&G 01-0243570: Sellers Lease Service, Inc. to Consider Amending the Field Rules for the Little New York (54037001) Field, Gonzales County, Texas.

34. O&G 02-0243380: Vintage Petroleum, Inc. to Consider the Cancellation of Overproduction for All Applicant Operated Wells in the West Ranch (Ward) (96545663) Field, Jackson County, Texas.

35. O&G 03-0242643: Hunt, Hassie Exploration Co. To Consider an MER and Increased Net GOR for the Gordon Lease Well No. 5, Galveston County, Texas. Franks (Banfield) (32688208) Field, Franks (Banfield, Lower) (32688364) Field, Galveston County, Texas.

36.
O&G 03-0243252: EOG Resources, Inc. Application for Permanent Gas Well Classification for the Ponderosa Ranch Well 1, Shepherds Mott (13,380) (83065500) Field, Matagorda County, Texas.

37. O&G 03-0243277: Palmer Petroleum Inc. to Consider Consolidation of and the Adoption of Field Rules, Caraway (Georgetown) (15561500) Field, Ft. Trinidad, SW. (Buda) (32177125) Field, Gin Creek (Buda) (34972050) Field, Fort Trinidad, East (Buda) (32157071) Field, Madison and Houston Counties, Texas.

38. O&G 03-0243291: Quail Creek Oil Corporation to Consider Consolidation of and Adoption of Field Rules for the Consolidated Field, Drakes Branch (Cockfield 3) (26058500) Field, Drakes Branch (Cockfield 1st) (26058125) Field, Drakes Branch (Cockfield 2) (26058250) Field, Drakes Branch (Cockfield 2-a) (26058375) Field, Tyler County, Texas.

39. O&G 03-0243316: Neumin Production Company to Consider Suspending the Allocation Formula for Conroe (Middle Wilcox Cons.) (20211190) Field, Montgomery County, Texas.

40. O&G 03-0243330: Ballard Exploration Company, Inc. Application for Permanent Gas Well Classification for the Temple-Inland 'A' Well Number 1 Cypress Pond (Upper Cook Mtn) (22474385) Field, Liberty County, Texas.

41. O&G 03-0243357: Patterson Petroleum LP to Consider Temporary Field Rules for the Rosenberg, W. (Lwr Cook Mtn) (78329240) Field, Fort Bend County, Texas.

42. O&G 03-0243608: Exxon Corp. Application for Permanent Gas Well Classification for the KGFU 2 Well Number 64, Katy (Wilcox Cons.) (48278850) Field, Fort Bend County, Texas.

43. O&G 03-0243697: Devon Energy Production Co, L.P. to Consider a New Field Designation to Be Known as the Pinehurst (Chase) Field and Adoption of a Two Factor Allocation Formula for the New Field, Montgomery County, Texas.

44. O&G 03-0243710: TransTexas Gas Corporation Application to Amend the Designated Interval for the Mary Macha (Wilcox) (57959900) Field, Wharton County, Texas.

45. O&G 04-0243526: Axio Production Company, L.P. to Consider Amending the Field Rules for the T-C-B (Lwr Frio-Up Vxbg) (89945204) Field, Jim Wells and Kleberg Counties, Texas.

46. O&G 04-0243527: Axio Production Company, L.P. to Consider Amending the Field Rules for the T-C-B (Lower Vicksburg) (89945497) Field, Applicant Will Seek Standing to Have this Application Considered, Jim Wells and Kleberg Counties, Texas.

47. O&G 04-0243897: L & B Oil and Gas Equipment, LLC Commission Called Hearing on the Application of L & B Oil & Gas Equipment LLC to Supercede the Final Order Signed on March 22, 2002, in Docket No. 04-0227700 Requiring Plugging of the Bass (11061) Lease, Well No. 1, Garcia (Stray-3675) (33954720) Field, Starr County, Texas, Enabling L & B Oil & Gas Equipment LLC to Become the Operator of Record for the Well.

48. O&G 06-0243200: Dallas Operating Corp. To Consider Amending the Field Rules for the Elkhart (Pettit) (28379250) Field, Anderson County, Texas.

49. O&G 06-0243375: Exxon Mobil Corporation to Balance the Trawick, N. (Pettit 7750) (91003550) Field, Rusk County, Texas.

50. O&G 08-0243376: Exxon Mobil Corporation to Balance the Block 16 (Devonian) (09269284) Field, Ward County, Texas.

51. O&G 09-0243156: Chief Oil & Gas LLC to Consider a Net Gas-oil Ratio for the Newark, East (Barnett Shale) Field, or in the Alternative a Net GOR for the Rawle "A" Lease, Well No. 1h, Newark, East (Barnett Shale) (65280200) Field, Wise County, Texas.

52. O&G 7C-0243202: Henry Petroleum LP to Consider a New Field Designation, Adoption of Field Rules and Transfer of Various Wells to the Propose McGregor (Wolfcamp) Field, Tom Green County, Texas.

53. O&G 7C-0243314: Riata Energy, Inc. to Consider Temporary Field Rules for the Almez (Devonian-Ellen) (01889080) Field, Terrell County, Texas.

54. O&G 05-0243793: KCS Resources, Inc. to Consider Rescinding Field Rules for the Stewards Mill, NE. (Pettit) (86069333) Field, Freestone County, Texas.

55. O&G 08-0243602: Range Production Company to Consider Amending the Field Rules for the Fuhrman-Mascho (33176001) Field, Andrews, Ector and Midland Counties, Texas.

56. O&G 03-0243745: Tri-C Resources, Inc. for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Wilcox Formation Easter (15120) (27316970) Field, Colorado County, Texas.

57. O&G 04-0243729: Hughes, Dan A. Company for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Vicksburg Formation, Samano, E. (Forth Massive) (80089085) Field, Samano (Fourth Massive) (80088300) Field, Starr and Hidalgo Counties, Texas.

58. O&G 04-0243765: Samson Lone Star LP for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Frio Formation, Monte Christo (Frio Cons.) (62556001) Field, Hidalgo County, Texas.

59. O&G 04-0243829: Royal Production Company, Inc. for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Wilcox Formation Tiffany (Wilcox Carrizo) (89893800) Field, Webb County, Texas.

60. O&G 06-0243794: Stroud Petroleum, Inc. for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Travis Peak Formation Ore City (Travis Peak) (67579380) Field, Upshur County, Texas.

61. O&G 06-0243795: Stroud Petroleum, Inc. for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Travis Peak Formation Ore City (Travis Peak) (67579380) Field, Upshur County, Texas.

62. O&G 06-0243803: Stroud Petroleum, Inc. for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Travis Peak Formation Stamps (Travis Peak) (85519700) Field, Upshur County, Texas.

63. O&G 7C-0243913: BP America Production Company for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Devonian Formation, Wilshire (Consolidated) (97834003) Field, Upton County, Texas.

64. O&G 8A-0243936: Occidental Permian Ltd. For Authority Pursuant to Statewide Rule 50 to Approve or Certify an EOR Project for the Denver Unit Lease, Wasson (95397001) Field, Gaines and Yoakum Counties, Texas.

65. O&G 8A-0243937: Oxy USA WTP LP for Authority Pursuant to Statewide Rule 50 to Approve or Certify an EOR Project for the West Seminole San Andres Unit Lease, Seminole, West (82233001) Field, Gaines County, Texas.

66. O&G 01-0244123: Newfield Exploration Company for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Strawn Formation Beano (Strawn) (06457375) Field, Edwards County, Texas.

67. O&G 02-0244016: U.S. Enercorp, Ltd. For the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Wilcox Formation Reagol (13800 Sd) (75023720) Field, Goliad County, Texas.

68. O&G 7C-0243993: Thompson, J. Cleo for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Strawn Formation, Grierson Spring (Strawn) (36953500) Field, Reagan County, Texas.

69. O&G 7C-0244052: Hunt Oil Company for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Devonian Formation, Amacker-Tippett (Devonian) (02207304) Field, Upton County, Texas.

70. O&G 8A-0244054: Oxy USA WTP LP for Authority Pursuant to Statewide Rule 50 to Approve or Certify an EOR Project for the Willard Unit Lease, Wasson (95397001) Field, Gaines and Yoakum Counties, Texas.

71. O&G 08-0244055: Occidental Permian Ltd. For Authority Pursuant to Statewide Rule 50 to Approve or Certify an EOR Project for the Goldsmith-Landreth Deep Unit Lease, Goldsmith (Clear Fork) (35652062) Field, Ector County, Texas.

72. O&G 03-0244133: ZK Petroleum Co., L.L.C., for Authority Pursuant to Statewide Rule 50 to Approve or Certify an EOR Project for the Bassett Blakely B Lease, Blue Ridge (09880001) Field, Fort Bend County, Texas.

73. O&G 7C-0244134: Quintx Exploration, Inc., for Authority Pursuant to Statewide Rule 50 to Approve or Certify an EOR Project for the Whitehead Lease, Branch, South (Tannehill) (11366400) Field, Menard County, Texas.

74. O&G 04-0244058: Metano Energy, LP for the Recommendation of a Tight Gas Formation for the Queen City Formation Garcia Ridge (Queen City) (33972360) Field, Starr County, Texas.

MASTER DEFAULT ORDERS (3 items; numbers 75-77)

75. O&G 09-0241941: Seelye, William L. Enforcement Action Regarding Stormer, E. T. -B- (09601) Lease, Well Nos. 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 Luke, F. L. -B- Lease (09664) Lease, Well No.18, Luke, F. L. -A- Lease (18584) Lease, Well Nos. 1, 3, 6, 7, 8, & 14 Cooke County Regular (20350001) Field, Cooke County, Texas. Violation of Rules 14(b)(3)(E); 46(j); 73(I).

76. O&G 03-0237354: Rio Energy Enforcement Action Regarding Fischer, Charles (18602) Lease, Well Nos. 1B, 2B, 3B, 4, 4B, 5B, 6, 7, 11, 12B, 14B, 17, 19B, 20, 23B, 24, 26B, 61, 67, 78, 79, 81, 86, 90, 91,& 92 Humble (43464001) Field, Harris County, Texas. Violation of Rules 14(b)(2); 13(b)(1)(B); 8(d)(1).

77. O&G 09-0239992: Reed, Trace Enforcement Action Regarding Waggoner -B- (12449) Lease, Well No. 1, Waggoner, W. T., Est. -F- (13773) Lease, Well Nos.1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, & 16 Waggoner Estate -C- (15075) Lease, Well No. 1, Wilbarger County Regular (97331001) Field, Wilbarger County, Texas. Violation of Rules 14(b)(2); 3(a)(2); 8(d)(1); 13(b)(1)(B); 8(b)(4)(G)(I)(I).


RULES

PROPOSAL

78. Amendments to 16 Tex. Admin. Code 3.78, relating to Fees and Financial Security Requirements; O&G Docket No. 20-0244126.


ADMINISTRATIVE MATTERS

EXECUTIVE OFFICE

79. Fiscal Year 2005 Operating Budget amendment.

AFRED

80. Commissioners' letter to the Texas Transportation Commission regarding the Tourist-Oriented Directional Sign Program.

81. Proposed Change to Forklift Initiative Program Donor Agreement.

OIL AND GAS DIVISION

82. Authority for Staff to approve administratively an application from Scott Environmental Services, Inc. (Operator No. 758497) to treat oil and gas waste for reuse as road base.

83. Approval to circulate for informal comment Staff's draft amendments to 16 Tex. Admin. Code 3.20, relating to Notification of Fire Breaks, Leaks, or Blow-Outs, and 16 Tex. Admin. Code, 3.71, relating to Pipeline Tariffs, to incorporate the notification requirements of Senate Bill 1130, 79th Legislature, 2005 Regular Session.

84. Commissioners' letter to the Governor transmitting the Annual Report of the Railroad Commission of Texas Oil and Gas Division activities for the year 2004.

GAS SERVICES DIVISION

85. Railroad Commission Rider 16, in Article VI of the Appropriations Bill (Senate Bill 1, 79th Legislature, 2005 Regular Session), concerning Competition in the Texas Natural Gas Pipeline Industry.

COMMISSIONERS

COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS

86. Public Participation Policy.


PUBLIC INPUT

87. The Commission will provide an opportunity for general public input on any matter under the jurisdiction of the Commission, in accordance with the policy adopted on January 21, 2003.
TRD ID:2005007273
Datestamp:08/30/2005 02:22 PM
Archive Date:09/09/2005

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