7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies the procedure for a compulsory pooling order in a drilling unit.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 . authorizes the Board of Oil, Gas, and Mining to assess against a nonconsenting
13 owner in a compulsory pooling order up to 500% of the nonconsenting owner's
14 share of:
15 . the costs of staking a location, preparing a wellsite, rights-of-way, rigging up,
16 drilling, reworking, recompleting, deepening or plugging back, testing, and
17 completing; and
18 . the cost of equipment in the well;
19 . modifies the royalties paid to an unleased nonconsenting owner in a compulsory
20 pooling order; and
21 . makes technical changes.
22 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
24 Other Special Clauses:
26 Utah Code Sections Affected:
28 40-6-6.5 , as last amended by Laws of Utah 2010, Chapter 324
30 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
31 Section 1. Section 40-6-6.5 is amended to read:
32 40-6-6.5. Pooling of interests for the development and operation of a drilling unit
33 -- Board may order pooling of interests -- Payment of costs and royalty interests --
34 Monthly accounting.
35 (1) Two or more owners within a drilling unit may bring together their interests for the
36 development and operation of the drilling unit.
37 (2) (a) In the absence of a written agreement for pooling, the board may enter an order
38 pooling all interests in the drilling unit for the development and operation of the drilling unit.
39 (b) The order shall be made upon terms and conditions that are just and reasonable.
40 (c) The board may adopt terms appearing in an operating agreement:
41 (i) for the drilling unit that is in effect between the consenting owners;
42 (ii) submitted by any party to the proceeding; or
43 (iii) submitted by its own motion.
44 (3) (a) Operations incident to the drilling of a well upon any portion of a drilling unit
45 covered by a pooling order shall be deemed for all purposes to be the conduct of the operations
46 upon each separately owned tract in the drilling unit by the several owners.
47 (b) The portion of the production allocated or applicable to a separately owned tract
48 included in a drilling unit covered by a pooling order shall, when produced, be deemed for all
49 purposes to have been produced from that tract by a well drilled on it.
50 (4) (a) (i) Each pooling order shall provide for the payment of just and reasonable costs
51 incurred in the drilling and operating of the drilling unit, including[
52 (A) the costs of drilling, completing, equipping, producing, gathering, transporting,
53 processing, marketing, and storage facilities;
54 (B) reasonable charges for the administration and supervision of operations; and
55 (C) other costs customarily incurred in the industry.
56 (ii) An owner is not liable under a pooling order for costs or losses resulting from the
57 gross negligence or willful misconduct of the operator.
58 (b) Each pooling order shall provide for reimbursement to the consenting owners for
59 any nonconsenting owner's share of the costs out of production from the drilling unit
60 attributable to [
61 (c) Each pooling order shall provide that each consenting owner shall own and be
62 entitled to receive, subject to royalty or similar obligations:
63 (i) the share of the production of the well applicable to [
64 interest in the drilling unit; and
65 (ii) unless [
66 proportionate part of the nonconsenting owner's share of the production until costs are
67 recovered as provided in Subsection (4)(d).
68 (d) (i) Each pooling order shall provide that each nonconsenting owner shall be entitled
69 to receive, subject to royalty or similar obligations, the share of the production of the well
70 applicable to [
71 owners have recovered from the nonconsenting owner's share of production the following
72 amounts less any cash contributions made by the nonconsenting owner:
73 (A) 100% of the nonconsenting owner's share of the cost of surface equipment beyond
74 the wellhead connections, including stock tanks, separators, treaters, pumping equipment, and
76 (B) 100% of the nonconsenting owner's share of the estimated cost to plug and
77 abandon the well as determined by the board;
78 (C) 100% of the nonconsenting owner's share of the cost of operation of the well
79 commencing with first production and continuing until the consenting owners have recovered
80 all costs; and
81 (D) an amount to be determined by the board but not less than 150% nor greater than
83 preparation, rights-of-way, rigging up, drilling, reworking, recompleting, deepening or
84 plugging back, testing, and completing, and the cost of equipment in the well to and including
85 the wellhead connections.
86 (ii) The nonconsenting owner's share of the costs specified in Subsection (4)(d)(i) is
87 that interest which would have been chargeable to the nonconsenting owner had [
88 nonconsenting owner initially agreed to pay [
89 of the well from commencement of the operation.
90 (iii) A reasonable interest charge may be included if the board finds it appropriate.
91 (e) If there is any dispute about costs, the board shall determine the proper costs.
92 (5) If a nonconsenting owner's tract in the drilling unit is subject to a lease or other
93 contract for the development of oil and gas, the pooling order shall provide that the consenting
94 owners shall pay any royalty interest or other interest in the tract not subject to the deduction of
95 the costs of production from the production attributable to that tract.
96 (6) (a) If a nonconsenting owner's tract in the drilling unit is not subject to a lease or
97 other contract for the development of oil and gas, the pooling order shall provide that the
98 nonconsenting owner shall receive as a royalty:
99 (i) the acreage weighted average landowner's royalty [
100 each leased fee and privately owned tract within the drilling unit, proportionately reduced by
101 the percentage of the nonconsenting owner's interest in the drilling unit; or
102 (ii) if there is no leased fee or privately owned tract within the drilling unit other than
103 the one owned by the nonconsenting owner, 16-2/3% proportionately reduced by the
104 percentage of the nonconsenting owner's interest in the drilling unit.
105 (b) The royalty shall be:
106 (i) determined prior to the commencement of drilling; and
107 (ii) paid from production attributable to each tract until the consenting owners have
108 recovered the costs specified in Subsection (4)(d).
109 (7) Once the consenting owners have recovered the costs, as described in Subsection
110 (6)(b)(ii), the royalty shall be merged back into the nonconsenting owner's working interest and
111 shall be terminated.
113 nonconsenting [
114 statements specifying:
115 (a) costs incurred;
116 (b) the quantity of oil or gas produced; and
117 (c) the amount of oil and gas proceeds realized from the sale of the production during
118 the preceding month.
120 from a nonconsenting owner's relinquished interest the amounts provided for in Subsection
122 (a) the relinquished interest of the nonconsenting owner shall automatically revert to
124 (b) the nonconsenting owner shall from that time:
125 (i) own the same interest in the well and the production from it; and
126 (ii) be liable for the further costs of the operation as if he had participated in the initial
127 drilling and operation; and
128 (c) costs are payable out of production unless otherwise agreed between the
129 nonconsenting owner and the operator.
131 nonconsenting owner has relinquished his share of production to consenting owners or at any
132 time fails to take his share of production in-kind when he is entitled to do so, the
133 nonconsenting owner is entitled to:
134 (a) an accounting of the oil and gas proceeds applicable to his relinquished share of
135 production; and
136 (b) payment of the oil and gas proceeds applicable to that share of production not taken
137 in-kind, net of costs.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-17-14 4:43 PM