Mid Year Scheduled
The Mid Year meeting has been scheduled for May 19 at Flint Oak Resort. You can register for the event by clicking here or checking your email for the latest update. We will have legislative and regulatory updates, conversations about natural gas, a clay shoot, networking and more! Don't miss out on this event!
Well Plugging Bill Passes Senate Chamber
HB 2022- the KCC well pugging legislation, on Tuesday, March 23 passed the Senate 40-0. Due to minor changes in the bill a conference committee was formed, made a couple of changes and was approved by House and Senate Committee members. The conference committee report now must be approved by the full House (and is expected to pass) sometime this week.
SB 279 - would create the Wind Generation Permit and Property Protection Act. The bill would prohibit construction of a wind turbine facility until the developer enters into a facility agreement with a landowner that demonstrates that the developer has complied with the requirements specified in the bill. The bill establishes minimum setback distances for wind turbines and requires the board of county commissioners in each county to approve an application for construction of the facility.
This is Chairman Mike Thompson bill and it establishes new setback standards, including keeping turbines at least a mile away from the nearest property line without a turbine, at least 1 1/2 miles away from the nearest home and at least 3 miles away from an airport, park or hunting area. It also sets new density requirements for wind turbines – no more than one per square mile – and outlaws nondisclosure agreements between energy companies and landowners during negotiations over a proposed lease.
EKOGA is concerned with the setback rules and potential to bleed into the oil and gas industry. The Senate Utilities Committee held hearing for proponents and opponents of the bill. A large number of land and homeowners impacted by wind turbines had a huge contingency supporting the bill. The chair may work the bill this week.
SB 24 - would create the Kansas Energy Choice Act. The Act would prohibit a municipality from taking any action that would limit a customer’s use of a service from a public utility based upon the source of the energy to be delivered to the customer. The bill passed the Senate 27-10 and passed on a voice vote in the House on March 23. House final action of the bill is March 24 and is expected to pass.
HB 2329 - would amend existing law which authorizes the Kansas Corporation Commission to adopt rules and regulations necessary to align state jurisdiction with the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration (PHMSA) over intrastate natural gas pipelines. The bill would also amend the maximum civil penalty that can be imposed for violations of pipeline safety regulations and for violations of the Kansas Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act to more closely represent PHMSA maximum civil penalty levels. The bill passed on a voice vote March 23 and is on final action March 24.
SB 172 - would amend the Kansas Criminal Code regarding crimes involving property by eliminating the crime of tampering with a pipeline and establishing four new crimes: trespassing on a critical infrastructure facility (CIF), aggravated trespassing on a CIF, criminal damage to a CIF, and aggravated criminal damage to a CIF. The bill would also amend the definition of “racketeering activity” in the Kansas Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (Kansas RICO Act) to include the four new crimes and would allow a judge to order restitution for property damage to any victim of the four new crimes. This bill passed the Senate 29-9 and passed out of the House Judiciary committee with an amendment. The bill now goes to the House floor and if it passes the House it will be placed in a conference committee.
2021 Kansas Oil and Gas
Guides and Prices
Click here to find the 2021 guide, including the crude price schedules for general and eastern Kansas and gas MAF. Also located at this link are the separate crude oil price schedules, the gas market adjustment factor, both the oil and gas assessment renditions, and an itemized equipment full page attachment. If you prefer the renditions in an Excel format, please contact the EKOGA staff.
Please note the "changes" page in the beginning of the guide for 2021 notable changes, for 2021 there are no major changes.. Please be advised that both oil and gas Horizontal Tables are included as an Addendum in this publication.
If you have any questions, please contact the EKOGA office.