BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

IN THE MATTER OF THE PROMULGATION AND ) CAUSE NO. 84

ESTABLISHMENT OF FIELD RULES TO GOVERN )

OPERATIONS IN THE FORT COLLINS FIELD, ) ORDER NO. 84-5

LARIMER COUNTY, COLORADO )

 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION

 

This cause came on for hearing before the Commission on April 15, 1996 at 8:30 a.m., in Suite 801, The Chancery Building, 1120 Lincoln Street, Denver, Colorado, after giving Notice of Hearing as required by law, on the application of Whiting Petroleum Corporation for an order to expand the unit agreement and operating agreement for the Fort Collins Muddy Formation Unit to include additional lands in the Fort Collins Field.

 

FINDINGS

 

The Commission finds as follows:

 

1. Whiting Petroleum Corporation, as applicant herein, is an interested party in the subject matter of the above-referenced hearing.

 

2. Due notice of the time, place and purpose of the hearing has been given in all respects as required by law.

 

3. The Commission has jurisdiction over the subject matter in said Notice, and of the parties interested therein, and jurisdiction to promulgate the hereinafter prescribed order.

 

4. On February 17, 1978, the Commission issued Order No. 84-2 which approved a Unit Agreement for the Fort Collins Muddy Formation Unit area consisting of the following described lands in Larimer County, Colorado:

 

Township 8 North, Range 68 West, 6th P.M.

Section 7: SE

Section 8: SWNW, WSW

Section 17: WW

Section 18: E, SESW

Section 19: Lot 1, 2, E, EW

Section 20: WNW

Section 30: Lot 1, 2, E, EW

Section 31: Lot 1, ENW, NE

 

containing 2,361.31 acres, more or less

 

5. Based upon the testimony presented at the administrative hearing showing that adjacent lands may contain hydrocarbons, the Unit boundary should be expanded to include these additional lands:

 

Township 8 North, Range 68 West, 6th P.M.

Section 8: E SW

Section 17: E NW and all that part of the W NE lying

west of the outlet ditch of N. Poudre Irrigation Company

Reservoir #6, described in W.D. at B 1058, p. 543

NE SW

 

6. Testimony presented at the administrative hearing stated that one hundred percent (100%) of the working interest owners have approved the expansion of the unit, and that the surface owners have been notified of the proposed expansion with an updated chain of title to be prepared to ensure proper payout upon expansion and proper notification for approval of the unit expansion.

 

7. That the effective date of the unit should be the first day of the first month after approval by at least 80% of the non cost-bearing interest owners, and upon notification of such to the Commission by Whiting Petroleum Corporation.

 


8. Based upon the facts stated in the application, receiving no objections to the application, and having been heard by the Hearing Officers who recommended approval, the Commission should enter an order to expand the unit agreement and operating agreement for the Fort Collins Muddy Formation Unit to include the above-described lands.

 

O R D E R

 

NOW THEREFORE IT IS ORDERED, that the Fort Collins Muddy Formation Unit hereby includes the below-listed lands:

 

Township 8 North, Range 68 West, 6th P.M.

Section 7: SE

Section 8: SWNW, WSW, E SW

Section 17: WW, NE SW

E NW and all that part of the W NE lying

west of the outlet ditch of N. Poudre Irrigation Company

Reservoir #6, described in W.D. at B 1058, p. 543

Section 18: E, SESW

Section 19: Lot 1, 2, E, EW

Section 20: WNW

Section 30: Lot 1, 2, E, EW

Section 31: Lot 1, ENW, NE

 

containing 2,581 gross acres, more or less

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the unit shall become effective on the first day of the first month after approval by at least eighty-percent (80%) of the non cost-bearing interest owners, upon notification of such to the Commission.

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the provisions contained in the above order shall become effective forthwith.

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the Commission expressly reserves its rights, after notice and hearing, to alter, amend, or repeal any and/or all of the above orders.

 

ENTERED this day of , 1996, as of April 15, 1996.

 

OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

 

 

By

Patricia C. Beaver, Secretary

 

Dated at Suite 801

1120 Lincoln Street

Denver, Colorado

April 25, 1996