Petro Tech: How Impending Rule Changes at the Railroad Commission May Affect You and Your Company

Speaker Dorsey Twidwell
Dorsey Twidwell is currently the Senior Regulatory Specialist for PGHPetroleum and Environmental Engineers, L.L.C., a petroleum, environmental, and regulatory consulting firm in Austin, Texas. He is also an instructor at Midland College’s Petroleum Professional Development Center. His next class at Midland College, “Gas Well Regulation in Texas” will be held ...



Dorsey Twidwell is currently the Senior Regulatory Specialist for PGHPetroleum and Environmental Engineers, L.L.C., a petroleum, environmental, and regulatory consulting firm in Austin, Texas. He is also an instructor at Midland College’s Petroleum Professional Development Center. His next class at Midland College, “Gas Well Regulation in Texas” will be held in the spring of 2012.


Dorsey retired in December 2010 from the Railroad Commission of Texas after nearly thirty years of state service. He finished his career as an Assistant Director in the Oil and Gas Division in charge of Administrative Compliance. Dorsey was the Proration Unit Manager for many years prior to his final position and traveled extensively for the RRC teaching Proration at seminars across the state. During his Railroad Commission career, Dorsey worked on such diverse projects as online filing systems for drilling permits, production and completion filings, gas proration rule revisions, administrative review of legislation affecting the oil and gas industry, and integration of the oil and gas departments within the Commission.


Dorsey currently makes his home in his hometown of Austin, Texas on the banks of Walnut Creek with his lovely wife and many “rescue” cats.


Full Description
The 2011 legislative session passed two critically important bills affecting the oil and gas industry. One, the hydraulic fracturing bill that outlines hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure requirements and two, the creation of the Oil and Gas Regulation and Cleanup Fund and to provide for the imposition of reasonable surcharges as necessary on fees imposed by the Commission. The RRC is currently moving forward with rule making and procedural changes to implement these legislation changes and both could directly impact oil and gas companies’ daily operations.
The proposed rules, Statewide Rule 29 for fracturing disclosures and Statewide Rule 78 for the new surcharges and fees and how the RRC intends to implement them will be the subject of the February 14, 2012 lunch talk. The new Statewide Rule 29 requires an operator to submit information about the chemical ingredients and volume of water used in the hydraulic fracturing treatment of a well. Revisions to Statewide Rule 78 add an additional surcharge of 150% to severance fees, drilling permits, and exception fees, along with other charges. By February 2012, we should have some details of how the Railroad Commission will be implementing these changes.
 
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Tue, Feb. 14, 2012
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. US/Central

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